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Workshop on the SES Performance Scheme

The ISIS SES Performance Scheme Workshop took place in Tirana (Albania) on 5 and 6 November 2012. The objective of the Workshop was to familiarise participants with the key requirements and processes of the SES Performance Scheme as well as to outline the lessons learnt at EU and national level with regard to performance target setting and monitoring.
The Workshop covered the following specific issues:
  • Regulatory context and key principles of the SES performance scheme (presentation by Ms Beatrice Thomas, European Commission/DG MOVE);
  • SES performance target setting and monitoring process (presentation by Mr Denis Huet, Eurocontrol/PRU);
  • Experiences on the process and challenges related to the development of national and FAB performance plans (presentation by Mr Eric De Causemacker, NSA Belgium);
  • Regulatory approach and changes foreseen for Reference Period 2 (presentation by Ms Beatrice Thomas, European Commission/DG MOVE).
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ISIS Transposition Project update – July 2012

High level of legislative alignment with the SES I legislation observed in ISIS Beneficiaries
Remarkable progress has been made in the ISIS Region with regard to legislative alignment with the SES legislation since the outset of the ISIS Programme in 2010. In effect, the latest analysis conducted by the ISIS Programme Secretariat in June 2012 concluded that all ISIS Beneficiaries have achieved a high level of legislative alignment with the SES I acquis (specified in Annex I.B to the ECAA Agreement), notwithstanding a few remaining discrepancies and shortcomings.
This observation marks an important milestone in the process of extending the Single European Sky to the ISIS Region. However, challenges remain with regard to the effective implementation of the Single European Sky provisions at national level. The issue is also addressed by the ISIS Programme through the NSA Capacity Building and Implementation Pillar projects.
ISIS Transposition Project – way forward in the final phase of the ISIS Programme (second half of 2012)
The ISIS Programme Secretariat has closely supported ISIS Beneficiaries, during the last two and a half years, in addressing the challenges related to the transposition of the Single European Sky acquis into national law. This work has been conducted through the organisation of bilateral meetings and teleconferences as well as through a regular process of monitoring and analysis of legislative alignment. Owing to the achieved good results, the ISIS Transposition Project has effectively met and outperformed its initial objectives.
The observed positive developments constitute a strong basis for future progress in terms of regulatory convergence with the European Union. In particular, ISIS Beneficiaries will have to undertake, in the coming years, the transposition of the SES II legislative package into their respective national legal orders in order to establish a level playing field with the European Union. For certain Beneficiaries, this is however contingent on the future update of Annex I of the ECAA Agreement, which sets out the EU legislation to be transposed and implemented by ECAA Partners.
The ISIS Transposition Project was extended, in January 2012, to cover SES II regulations as a result of requests received from Beneficiaries. Several ISIS Beneficiaries have reiterated their willingness to move forward with the transposition of the SES II acquis, and the ISIS Programme will continue to support them in achieving this objective.

FAB Workshop – the future Opportunities and Challenges of the Single European Sky

The SES legislation provides for requirements for the establishment of functional airspace blocks (FABs) with a view to reducing fragmentation and improving the performance of air navigation services.
The purpose of the ISIS Workshop on the “Challenges and Opportunities of FAB implementation”, held in Brussels on Thursday 7 June, was to address all key issues regarding FAB establishment and implementation. The Workshop was attended by Participants from six ISIS Beneficiaries as well by representatives from the European Commission, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), FABEC (representative from NSA Belgium) and air navigation service providers (representative from North European Air Navigation Service Providers (NEAP) & the Borealis ANS Alliance).
The Workshop started with a comprehensive presentation by Mr Patrick Bernard (European Commission, Single Sky Unit) on the FAB regulatory requirements and on the legal criteria applicable to FAB implementation. Mr Bernard set out the institutional and substantive requirements, to which all FAB initiatives have to adhere in accordance with the EU Service Provision Regulation (EU Regulation 550/2004). The Commission will examine and assess the compliance of the various FABs against these requirements in due course.
The second presentation, given by Mr March Haest (representing NSA Belgium), focused on the practical aspects regarding the establishment of a FAB from the point of view of an EU Member State. Mr Haest highlighted the institutional and technical arrangements set out by Member States in the framework of FABEC with a view to fulfilling their FAB related obligations. Mr Haest provided an insight into the various cooperation mechanisms that already exist between national supervisory authorities of the FABEC area, for example regarding the certification and oversight of MUAC (Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre) and of the EGNOS Satellite Navigation Service Provider. These experiences have greatly facilitated the setting up of NSA cooperation structures and procedures in the framework of FABEC.
The third part of the Workshop was dedicated to the ANSP cooperation related to the establishment of a FAB. Mr Matts-Anders Nyberg (representing North European Air Navigation Service Providers (NEAP) & the Borealis ANS Alliance) outlined the benefits and challenges of ANSP cooperation in a FAB context, based on the actual experience of NEAP and NEFAB. Mr Nyberg underscored that ANSP cooperation has to be considered in the context of increasing customer expectations and of the harmonisation of service provision through EU level regulation. However, the ANSP cooperation structures and mechanisms vary in a pragmatic manner depending on the environment and approach of each FAB.
The final session of the Workshop addressed the questions raised by Beneficiaries in respect of FAB establishment and implementation. The discussion was structured around six key aspects of FAB cooperation: the legal issues, establishing a FAB vs. joining an existing FAB, the planning of FAB activities, the involvement and consultation of stakeholders, the reality & status of FAB cooperation in June 2012 and the future challenges.
By and large, the Workshop enabled a very comprehensive and useful discussion and exchange of views on the opportunities and challenges of FAB cooperation. The presentations and materials of the Workshop have been uploaded online and are available on the ISIS secure website. Please login in order to access these documents.

ISIS Basic ATCO Familiarisation Course at Skyguide: a wide insight into the operational aspects of air traffic control
The second edition of the Basic ATCO Familiarisation Course for ISIS Beneficiaries was held in cooperation with Skyguide, at the Skyguide Training Centre in Zürich from 14 to 25 November. The aim of the course was to offer NSA officials an introductory course in the practical work ATCOs perform and the challenges faced during a normal working day, and in this way to enable a greater insight in the practical importance and effects of NSA tasks.
This year the course was attended by seven participants from four ISIS Beneficiaries. Over the two weeks duration of the course, the participants encountered both theoretical and more practical insights with the operational and business environment of air traffic control. Training included refreshment of the applicable international regulations at the same time as it offered a very thorough presentation of the different tasks an ATCO can be engaged in. The course instructors built up the course programme on their vast knowledge and experience as ATCOs, pilots or aviation industry experts.
The course included a visit to Skyguide’s state of the art tower simulator, where the participants were offered the opportunity to – during a simulation - control aircraft en-route and approaching a mock airport. Further visits to Zurich Airport’s Tower and Zurich ACC were very helpful for obtaining a better understanding of ATCO’s practical work.
A third edition of the course is expected in the autumn of 2012. Information on dates and registration will be communicated as soon as they are available.

2nd ISIS Governing Body
7 September 2011
Solin, Croatia
At the 2nd Governing Body meeting of the ISIS Programme, the Partners of the Programme, the European Commission, the Regional Cooperation Council and the International Civil Aviation Organization reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the main objectives of the Single European Sky and the implementation of the related legislation in accordance with the ECAA Agreement.

The meeting held in Solin – Croatia on 7th September 2011, was co-organised by the European Commission, the Regional Cooperation Council and the International Civil Aviation Organization with the support of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Croatia.


The conclusions provisionally adopted by the Partners of the South East Europe region reaffirmed the continuous commitment to accelerate the regulatory convergence with the Single European Sky (SES) acquis. Furthermore, the meeting endorsed the initiation of the implementation pillar of the ISIS Programme, consisting of the assessment of the actual implementation of the SES legislation, and the development of associated technical assistance and recommendations for follow-up activities in this field.
The possibility of extending the ISIS Programme over a third phase starting in 2013, with a view to support ISIS Beneficiaries in the expeditious and effective implementation of the Single European Sky Second Legislative Package was welcomed.
The ISIS partners also discussed the possibility of a regional airspace study, its approach and content and provided a feedback on the way forward and on the issues to be taken into account when developing the study.
“The ISIS Programme has to be perceived in the framework of the neighbouring policy of the European Union and, more specifically, within the enlargement and stabilization and association process with the South East Europe region”, said the acting Chairman of the Programme Mr. Matthew Baldwin from the European Commission (DG MOVE). Mr. Baldwin noted that “the ISIS Programme needs to be understood as the official programme launched by the European Commission in order to assess the degree of regulatory convergence with the Single European Sky”.

The Deputy Secretary General for the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Dr. Jelica Minic, underlined that “the ISIS Programme is the framework for increasing cooperation between civil aviation authorities at regional level” and recommended that “the relevant authorities reap the benefits from the ISIS Programme initiative, while continuing to facilitate and support the regional co-operation process within the framework of the ECAA Agreement.” Moreover, Mrs. Minic stressed that air traffic is an RCC priority, in line with the recently adopted Regional Cooperation Council’s Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.
Through their interventions the European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council confirmed their commitment to provide the political framework and appropriate support to conduct the Programme, financed by the European Commission (DG MOVE).
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ISIS Stakeholder Consultation
22 June 2011

The ISIS Stakeholder Consultation meeting took place in Brussels on 22 June 2011, and gathered regional and international representatives from civil aviation authorities, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), airlines and other industry stakeholders, to discuss the developments and future of air traffic management in the SEE (South East European) region, namely to identify the challenges ahead.
The European Commission (DG-MOVE) and the Regional Cooperation Council reaffirmed their support of the ISIS Programme, and stressed that this initiative has to be perceived in the framework of the neighbouring policy of the European Union and, more specifically, within the enlargement and stabilization and association process with the South East Europe region. The importance of the cooperation between the ISIS Programme and other relevant organisations, such as EASA, IATA, ICAO and EUROCONTROL was equally stressed.
The ISIS Programme was presented to the stakeholders, and the representatives EUROCONTROL, IATA, ICAO shared their views on the project and on the ATM status and challenges of the region.  
After a panel discussion summarising the key points of the several interventions and a “tour de table” to gather the necessary feedback from stakeholders present; it was concluded that the continuation of the current structure of the Programme (promoting common practices, and focusing on interoperability and assessment of changes of ATM Systems), as well as the continuation of the programme beyond 2012 (supporting the implementation of the SES II requirements and promoting the orientation from rule-based to a performance-based approach) should be recommended to the ISIS Programme governing structure at the Governing Body of September 2011.

Safety and Performance - an ICAO/IPS Workshop
More than 20 participants from 6 States and 2 organizations attended the ICAO/IPS Workshop on Safety and Performance, held in Skopje on 1-3 March 2011.
The main objective of this Workshop was to address the matter of safety, performance and the EU Perspective and to ensure a harmonized approach to safety management across the SEE region.
Attending and hosting this workshop, Mr. Dejan Mojsoski –  Director General of the Civil Aviation Agency of the FYR of Macedonia said: “the global process of aviation integration is the main driving force to develop air transport and safety matters are very important in this era of increasing air traffic”.
The Workshop - organized in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Agency of the FYR of Macedonia - was highly interactive and participants expressed full support of the ISIS Safety Culture project, which will focus on the assessment of transposed EU legal acts and support in the implementation of the Safety Culture in ISIS Beneficiaries.

ICAO Safety Management Systems Course held in Bosnia & Herzegovina from 17 to 21 May 2010
In the scope of the launching of the "Safety Culture" project, the ISIS Programme Secretariat organised with the support and cooperation of the ICAO Paris regional office, a Safety Management Systems (SMS) training course in Sarajevo. This course is an essential component of the ICAO Strategic Objectives Key Activity A8 – Support the implementation of safety management systems across all safety-related disciplines in all States.
The main purpose of this course was to provide the ISIS Beneficiaries with the necessary knowledge to implement the safety management provisions of Annex 1 (Personnel Licensing), Annex 6 (Operation of Aircraft), Annex 8 (Airworthiness of Aircraft), Annex 11 (Air Traffic Services), Annex 13 (Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation) and Annex 14 (Aerodromes).
The Course was conducted in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, from 17 to 21 May 2010. The participants in the Course demonstrated their high ability to apply their newly acquired knowledge in a practical setting.
Topics covered included safety basics, fundamentals of safety management, hazard identification and risk management, ICAO SMS regulation, and the development, implementation and operation of an SMS. The course included daily progress tests and a final examination.

ISIS agreement and the launching of the ISIS Programme
On April 2008, the European Commission, the Stability Pact for South East Europe, the Regional Cooperation Council and the International Civil Aviation Organisation issued an official Press Release regarding the signature of the ISIS agreement and the launching of the ISIS Programme. Download here for more information. 


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