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Closure of the Programme – positive feedback from Beneficiaries on the programme activities and results

The ISIS II Programme (supporting the “Implementation of the Single European Sky in South-East Europe”) came to an end in February 2017.

The Programme supported the aviation authorities of Beneficiary countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, and Serbia) in achieving regulatory and technical convergence with the SES II legislation.

All programme Beneficiaries are part of the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) Agreement, signed in 2006, which purpose is to enable the access and participation of ECAA partner countries in the EU aviation market. The ECAA Agreement comprises a commitment by all ECAA partners to transpose and implement the EU aviation acquis.

The ISIS II Programme started in August 2013. The Programme was a continuation of the technical assistance provided under the ISIS I Programme (2010-2012) which focused on the transposition and implementation of the SES I legislative package, including the establishment and capacity building of national supervisory authorities (NSAs) for ATM/ANS.

The key objective of the ISIS II Programme was to foster the initial implementation of the SES performance scheme by Beneficiaries in the context of the ECAA Agreement. The provided technical assistance included on-site meetings, trainings, guidance documentation, EU level coordination, and the provision of ad hoc advice or assistance on SES implementation.

The Programme supported Beneficiaries in establishing country-specific roadmaps for the gradual implementation of the SES performance scheme, and in developing Initial Performance Plans for the transitional period ahead of RP3.

The Programme delivered comprehensive guidance materials, in particular two Generic NSA Procedures (“Generic NSA procedure on Initial Performance Measurement and Monitoring” and “Generic NSA Procedure on Initial Performance Planning and Target Setting”), which provide the basis for the initial performance scheme implementation at national level and outline the working arrangements to be set up by the NSAs.

The Programme milestones in 2016 included, among other things, the EU level “Workshop on Initial SES Performance Scheme Implementation in the ECAA Context”, organised in Brussels in March 2016. The Workshop convened representatives of all programme Beneficiary countries and of EU level actors  responsible for the performance scheme implementation (EC DG MOVE, PRB, EASA).

The conclusions of the EU level workshop confirmed the willingness of Programme Beneficiaries to initially implement the SES performance scheme at local level during the three-year transitional period (2017-2019) preceding Reference Period 3 (RP3). Workshop participants also recognised the European Commission’s objective of fully integrating ECAA countries in the SES performance scheme framework from RP3 (starting 2020) onwards, and called for the involvement of ECAA Partner Countries in the RP3 consultation process.

The feedback received through the final programme survey indicates that Beneficiaries highly appreciated the technical support provided by the ISIS II Programme and were satisfied with the achieved results.

The Programme Secretariat would like to encourage all Beneficiary countries to pursue their efforts towards full compliance with the SES II legislation. We would like to thank the NSA staff of Beneficiary countries for the good and productive cooperation in the framework of the Programme, and also to congratulate them for the excellent work and progress made.

 

The Programme enters its final year of activity

The Implementation of SES in South East Europe Programme has supported, since 2010, EU partner countries of the Western Balkans region in the implementation of the EU Single European Sky requirements, in accordance with the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) Agreement. The second phase of the Programme (ISIS II Programme) was launched in August 2013 with the aim of supporting the implementation of the SES II legislative package, in particular regarding the SES performance scheme and cross-border cooperation/FAB requirements.

The Programme is now drawing to a close, and the main final activities will take place in the first half of 2016. The final technical assistance will be focused on the SES performance scheme aspects, as Beneficiaries are now expected to press ahead with the development of initial performance plans, in accordance with the national roadmaps they have submitted to the European Commission.

The two key final milestones of the Programme will be the EU level Workshop on Initial Performance Scheme Implementation in the ECAA context (16 March 2016) and the final Governing Body meeting of the Programme (2 June 2016). In addition, we also plan to organise on-site meetings and training sessions in the second quarter of 2016, in support of the initial performance planning activities to be conducted at local level.

Beneficiaries have made notable progress, in the course of the Programme, as regards regulatory and technical convergence with the SES legislation. A number of actions towards the full implementation of SES II requirements are still ongoing, in particular as regards the SES performance scheme domain. The continuity of these actions, also beyond the duration of the ISIS II Programme, is important. Final programme activities will thus aim to ensure that Beneficiaries are well placed to achieve their medium term convergence objective of fully implementing the SES performance scheme in Reference Period 3 (starting in 2020).

More information on the upcoming key events can be found here.

 

 
Governing Body meeting
21 May 2015
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 

The ISIS Programme Secretariat is organising the Governing Body meeting which will take place in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on 21 May 2015. The meeting will be co-organised with the European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council.

The Governing Body is responsible for the political guidance of the ISIS II Programme and meets annually. The main purpose of the 2015 meeting will be to present the conducted activities, identify the way forward and validate the future ISIS II activities. Primarily, the Governing Body meeting is expected to politically endorse the ISIS II Programme, through the adoption of final conclusions.

The meeting will be conducted in the English language.  

Documents for the meetings and further information about the venue will be uploaded on the secured site of the ISIS II Programme.

 
“Safety related issues within a FAB” workshop
15 April 2015
Belgrade, Serbia
 
The ISIS II Programme is organising a workshop “Safety related issues within a FAB” that will take place in Belgrade (Serbia) on 15 April 2015.
 
The workshop will bring together the speakers from three different FABs (NEFAB, FABEC and FABCE) covering both theoretical as well as practical aspects of safety related issues within a FAB.
 
It is addressed to staff working in connection with safety related issues, namely with respect to the safety policy, occurrence reporting and ATCO licensing.
 
The objective of the training is to provide participants with a good overall understanding of the creation of a common safety policy and organisation, harmonisation of occurrence reporting in different states, members of the same FAB, and the harmonisation of the ATCO licences.
 
The topics of the training, among other, include:
  • Safety management (Harmonisation of the occurrence reporting, accident/incident investigation, collection of safety data, information analysis and exchange, etc.);  
  • Safety policy and organisation (Creation of a safety policy within a FAB (steps undertaken, parties involved in the development of the safety policy, difficulties in defining common safety policy);
  •  Safety oversight; and
  • Harmonisation of ATCOs competences and of the training.

 
ISIS II Programme successfully organised workshop on SES performance scheme
 
The ISIS II Programme has organised a two-day workshop on the SES performance scheme, as part of its activities supporting the gradual implementation of the scheme by ISIS Beneficiaries.
 
The event was held in Rome on 16 and 17 September, in cooperation with the BLUE MED FAB, and was hosted by the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider, ENAV.
 
The workshop was attended by participants from Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. Representatives from Israel, Jordan and Lebanon also participated, as the event was open to Beneficiary countries of the EUROMED Aviation Project, as part of the cooperation between EU technical assistance projects.
 
The objective of this workshop was to provide participants with a good overall understanding of the SES performance scheme requirements and processes, in order to facilitate the gradual implemetation of the scheme by ISIS Beneficiaries.
 
Accordingly, the following main topics were covered:
  • Regulatory framework;
  • Performance measurement, SES KPAs and KPIs;
  • Performance planing and monitoring processes;
  • ANS performance challenges and solutions to improve performance;
  • Experience from SES performance scheme implementation and outlook for the future;
  • Indicative Implementation Path for ECAA Partners.
The workshop was organised in cooperation with the BLUE MED FAB in order for participants to benefit from the gained experience and best practices regarding the SES performance scheme implemetation.
 
Positive feedback on the workshop was received from participants.
 
The ISIS II Programme will continue to actively support ISIS Beneficiaries in the gradual implemetation of the SES performance scheme, in accordance with the methodology endorsed by the Governing Body of the Programme in May 2014.
 

Basic training on SES performance scheme
16 – 17 September 2014
Rome, Italy
 
The ISIS II Programme is organising, in cooperation with the BLUE MED FAB, a Basic Training Course on the SES Performance scheme that will take place in Rome (Itay) on 16 and 17 September 2014.
 
The speakers at the training will be from the ISIS II Programme, BLUE MED Representatives as well as from PRB/PRU (to be confirmed), covering both theoretical as well as practical aspects of the implementation of the performance scheme.
 
The training is addressed to staff working in connection with ANS performance aspects.
 
The objective of the training is to provide participants with a good overall understanding of the SES performance scheme requirements and processes, in order to facilitate the gradual implementation of the scheme.
 
The topics of the training, among other, include:
  • Performance target setting and incentives of en route and terminal air navigation services in four (4) key performance areas;
  • NSA responsibilities and procedures regarding ATM performance regulation and oversight;
  • Implementation of the revised SES Charging Scheme at national level, including risk sharing mechanism;
  • Experience gained from Reference Period 1 of the Performance Scheme and from performance planning for Reference Period 2.

Press Release
Governing Body meeting
Pristina, 14 May 2014
 
At the Governing Body meeting of the ISIS II Programme, the Beneficiaries of the Programme, the European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council reiterated their commitment to continue implementing Single European Sky legislation through the ISIS II Programme.
 
The meeting held in Pristina – Kosovo on 14th May 2014, was co-organised by the European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council with the support of the Civil Aviation Agency of Kosovo.
 
The conclusions adopted by the ISIS II Beneficiaries reaffirmed their continuous commitment to implement the Single European Sky (SES) acquis and endorsed the ISIS II planned activities for 2014. The Beneficiaries supported the ISIS II phased approach towards the implementation of the SES performance scheme, the JSPA Initiative in its stepwise development and the ISIS II and JSPA Initiative cooperation through their complementary areas and common goals.
 
The Director of the IPS and chair to the meeting, Mrs Béatrice Thomas underlined that “the future integration of ISIS II Beneficiaries into the SES performance framework is seen as a key goal, essential for establishing a comprehensive level playing field between the EU and the ISIS region in the ATM domain.” Mrs Thomas stressed the importance of the involvement of the ISIS Beneficiaries in the Programme and encouraged them to “make the most of the technical assistance to be delivered by the ISIS II Programme.”
 
The Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Mr Gazmend Turdiu, underlined that: “The ISIS Programme is a strong framework for increasing cooperation among civil aviation authorities at regional level. Therefore, the relevant authorities must reap the benefits from such an initiative taking advantage of economies of scale.” Moreover, Mr Turdiu stressed that air transport has been identified as RCC priority, in line with the Regional Cooperation Council’s Strategy and Work Programme 2014-2016.
 

Press Release
High Level meeting
Pristina, 13 May 2014
 
At the High level meeting on the performance scheme, the Beneficiaries emphasised that the gradual implementation of the SES performance scheme will be subject to a considerable number of regulatory and technical challenges, and thus welcomed the technical assistance, including training courses to be provided by the ISIS II Programme with a view to facilitating this process.
 
The meeting held in Pristina – Kosovo on 13th May 2014, aimed at introducing the SES performance scheme requirements, highlighting the developments and challenges regarding reference periods 1 and 2, setting the scene for the implementation in the ECAA context, outlining the PRB’s role and presenting the FAB dimensions of the performance scheme. The meeting was concluded by the adoption of Conclusions that were delivered to the Governing Body for its endorsement
 
The Director of the IPS and chair to the meeting, Mrs Béatrice Thomas underlined that “The objective of the single European Sky policy is to have a genuinely integrated European airspace, with efficiently organised and run air navigation services. The involvement of ECAA States is truly important for us to be able to achieve this goal.” In this respect, Mrs Thomas extended the invitation of the ISIS Beneficiaries to the SES performance framework.
 
The Director General of Kosovo CAA, Mr Dritan Gjonbalaj, underlined the challenges that are ahead of the NSA and ANSPs of the ISIS Beneficiaries in implementing the SES II legislation. Mr Gjonbalaj expressed his support to the ISIS II Programme and concluded that the reopening of the Kosovo upper airspace shows a good example of regional cooperation in the South East Europe and that the ISIS II Programme, through the promotion of the cross border cooperation, will also play an important role in the further normalisation of the Balkan’s airspace.
 

Planned ISIS II events in 2014
JANUARY
14.1.2014 - 9 Plenary meeting of the NSA Coordination Platform (NCP), Brussels
The NSA Coordination Platform, in the context of the Single European Sky, is an opportunity to create synergy among NSAs and to develop added value between various NSA-related activities. The Platform contributes to the SES implementation under the aegis of the European Commission’s Single Sky Committee and reports to the SSC on a regular basis.
 
The ISIS Beneficiaries, as parties to the ECAA Agreement, are full members of the NSA Platform (including plenary, working groups or task forces). The 9 plenary meeting of the NSA Coordination Platform is to be held on 14 January 2014 in Brussels.
 
The 9 plenary meeting will, among other agenda items, cover the following:
  • Activities of the NCP working groups (Performance, Interoperability, Safety Oversight, FABs, SESAR Deployment (with a special focus on the on-going consultation on PCP), NCP work programme update)
  • Discussion with EASA on Standardisation activities and Rule-making work programme
  • Discussion with the Network Manager on issues of interst to NSAs (Network Strategy Plan 2015-2019 and Coordination FABs/NM)
  • Information on SES 2+
MARCH
4-5.3.2014 - EUROMED Seminar on ATM Interoperability
The Seminar is organised by EUROMED and extended to ISIS Beneficiaries.
 
The main objective of the seminar is to provide an extensive overview on challenges and potential solutions related to ATM compatibility and interoperability at European, international and regional/sub-regional level.
 
MAY
13.5.2014 - High Level meeting on Performance Scheme
The meeting will be organised following the request made by some participants of the Stakeholders meeting that was organised in November 2013.
 
The meeting is intended for CAA/NSA management and will therefore be organised together with the Governing Body meeting.
 
The meeting will focus on the application of the SES performance scheme in the ECAA context and will spell out the rationale and benefits for the implementation of the SES performance scheme requirements by ISIS Beneficiaries.
 
The meeting will be held on 13 May 2014 in Kosovo. The draft agenda will be developed in the coming weeks and will be distributed to Beneficiaries.
 
14.5.2014 - Governing Body meeting, Kosovo
The govrning body is the decision making body of the ISIS II Programme and is composed of Director-General of ISIS Beneficiaries (could be represented by another high official), of the European Commission (DG-MOVE), of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to whom the status of observer has been granted.
 
All strategic and tactical decisions within the ISIS II Programme are subject to the approval of the governing structure which meets approximately every year or in connection with major milestones. Furthermore, the Governing Body monitors the implementation of the Programme and that the Programme has achieved the anticipated results.
 
The next Governing Body meeting will be held on 14 May 2014 in Kosovo. The draft agenda will be developed in the coming weeks and will be distributed to Beneficiaries and published on the secured section of the ISIS II Programme website.
 
JUNE
Workshop on SES Performance Scheme
The ISIS II Programme will deliver both general workshops (providing an overall view on a certain topic and in which NSA staff from all Beneficiaries will be invited to participate) as well as bilateral training sessions (aiming at supporting the local application of specific EU requirements). With regard to the SES performance scheme, a first general workshop is planned to be delivered in June 2014.
 
The workshop is planned to cover performance target setting, incentives and the implementation of the SES charging scheme. The training will be offered to NSA staff that are or will be responsible for those tasks in their administration.
 
The draft agenda will be distributed to Beneficiaries and published on the secured section of the ISIS II Programme website, at the latest one month before the event.
 

The ISIS II Programme launched

The ISIS II Programme activities started today with the distribution of the initial survey questionnaire.

Technical support activities in the form of trainings as well as development of the template documentation will start after the inception period (end September 2013).


 

Integra is contracted by the European Commission for the ISIS II Programme

 

On 27 June 2013, Integra signed a three-year framework contract with the European Commission (DG MOVE) on the ISIS II Programme, the Programme supporting the Implementation of Single European Sky in South East Europe. The Programme will deliver technical assistance to Beneficiary Countries in South East Europe with regard to the implementation of the EU SES II legislation, with a specific emphasis on the SES performance scheme and on cross-border cooperation aspects.
 
The ISIS II Programme is the continuation of the successfully completed ISIS I Programme, which focused on the implementation of SES I legislation.
 
The ISIS II activities will be structured around three pillars:
  • Transposition Pillar, which will aim to foster the effective and consistent transposition of the relevant SES II acquis into the national legal orders of ISIS Beneficiaries;
  • Performance scheme Pillar, which objective is to enable ISIS Beneficiaries to implement the key components of the SES performance scheme by the end of the ISIS II Programme;
  • Cross border cooperation Pillar, which will seek to enhance cross-border cooperation and promote FAB integration in the ISIS region.
Activities will start in mid-July 2013.
 
More details will be available shortly on the ISIS website. 

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