ISIS emerged from the previous SEE FABA initiative that was stopped accordingly. It intends to enhance the interconnection between national air navigation network infrastructures and services and to align rules and standards with Single European Sky Regulations. Compared to the SEE FABA initiative, the ISIS Programme does not aim to establish Functional Airspace Blocks (FAB) in the Region, but will rather support the transposition of SES regulations into national law and bolster their effective implementation in the ISIS Beneficiaries.
The European Commission officially initiated the ISIS Programme activities in January 2010. The support to the extension of the Single European Sky (SES) concept and regulations to the neighbouring States of the European Union (EU) is an integral part of the EU air transport policy that will contribute to reinforce the partnership between EU and the countries of South East Europe.
The ISIS Programme fosters the implementation of the SES legislation with a view to reaching regulatory alignment as required by the ECAA Agreement in the specific field of air traffic management. Hence, the ISIS Programme aims essentially to provide the appropriate understanding of the SES legislation, to facilitate its transposition into national legal orders, and to establish well functioning administrative structures.
The Programme should be understood within the broader framework of the relations between the EU and the beneficiary States. The final assessment of the level of transposition and implementation of the SES legislation in the ISIS Beneficiaries will be carried out within the framework of this Programme.
The European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) are the signatory parties to the Programme, which is also endorsed and supported by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The European Commission considers the ISIS Programme an important tool in support to the extension of SES to third countries. The ISIS Programme Secretariat will be responsible for the establishment of the appropriate Programme structures and for the management of all the related activities.