On November 24, 2022, the 41 EUROCONTROL Member States gave the organisation a new task: the creation of voluntary solidarity funds to help Member States during air traffic crises created by factors beyond their control. On that same day, on the basis of this newly given task, the Member States asked the Agency to establish and manage two funds: a donation-based Fund for Ukraine and Moldova and a loan-based fund for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. These Funds have a potential maximum amount in excess of EUR 90 million. The monies collected will be used to cover staff and training costs as well as any other costs needed to ensure operational readiness for Ukraine and Moldova and continuity of services for the four Frontline States (Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania).
Arguably one of the biggest questions facing Europe's air traffic management service providers (ANSP) today: how to ensure the continued funding of vital safety-of-life services where fixed costs constitute a huge percentage of overheads and when traffic volatility is high during periods of crisis.