Role and Work Programme

Our Role in a Changing Environment

The SRC’s mandate was originally defined by the ECAC Institutional Strategy, the EUROCONTROL Revised Convention and the ECAC ATM Strategy for 2000+.Currently, the principal features of SRC's current business environment include:

  • the European Commission’s (EC) Single European Sky (SES) Initiative (incl. the SES I and SES II packages), providing the key direction for legislative development, as well as technical development through SESAR;
  • the extension of the scope of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) into ATM, ANS and airports;
  • continuing advances in the introduction of CNS/ATM technologies;
  • continuing evolution in safety oversight techniques and approaches.

The above context needs a defined and documented collaboration and cooperation between the various key players, founded upon a number of fundamental principles:

  • continued focus on the maintenance and improvement of European ATM safety;
  • maximum use of safety developments already in place;
  • optimise the use of very scarce resources in the field of ATM/ANS safety;
  • an ECAC-wide safety approach towards aviation supporting the European Community and EUROCONTROL Member States where EC legislation does not apply, as well as civil-military coordination

SRC Work Programme

The SRC's work programme, covering 2012 and 2013, was agreed at SRC43 in February 2012, and is detailed in the table below;

Institutional Relations

Success Criteria

1. Provide PC with advice on ATM safety in accordance with the TORs of SRC, including the analysis of AST data and other relevant information.
  • Set of SRC recommendations associated with SRC Annual Safety Report to the PC sessions held in December.
  • Intermediate Safety Report to the PC sessions held in May.
2. Address the actions agreed by PC in December 2011 as a result from the recommendations made by SRC in the Annual Safety Report 2011. These actions were allocated to DSS in coordination with SRC and NSAs.
  • Coordination DSS-SRC supported by close communication between SRC Chairman/Vice-Chairmen and DSS.
  • Proposals to PC regarding the use of DSS resources and capabilities to support NSAs and mitigate the problems detected in the SRC Annual Safety Report 2011.
3. Continue the discussions related to the evolution of the SRC's role, in line with what has already been discussed at previous SRC meetings and wider debates at PC level.
  • SRC inputs to PC and PCC as appropriate.
  • Participation of SRC Chairman in PCC meetings.
  • Proposals to PC about ways to strengthen the link with the newly established EASA RAG-TAG, achieving if possible a common membership through SRC proposals to PC.
  • Proposals on possible options for similar arrangements with the NSA Coordination Platform (NCP) in its current or future format.
4. Annual joint session with the Safety Team.
  • Joint session held in the autumn in conjunction with SRC meeting.
NSA Enhancement and Monitoring

Success Criteria

5. Address the lessons learnt from the ESIMS six-year audit cycle 2005-2011.
  • Report to PC summarising the conclusions of the ESIMS six-year audit cycle.
  • Completion of all pending Final Audit Reports.
  • Complete the collection of information about the implementation of corrective action plans addressing the findings of the six-year cycle 2005-2011.
6. Continue the cooperation with IUSOAP under the terms of the current Memorandum of Cooperation between EUROCONTROL and ICAO in this area.
  • Exchange of information, coordination of schedules, and participation of ESIMS auditors in the ICAO CMA Validation Visits.
7. Contribute to the monitoring of safety regulatory arrangements.
  • Coordination with other existing mechanisms.
  • Proposals, if appropriate for additional action a regards the monitoring of safety regulatory arrangements.
  • Assistance to the SRC and the Member States represented in it, as regards the implementation of oversight mechanisms and relevant regulations, their enhancement and the monitoring of their implementation.
  • Appropriate inputs and recommendations to PC.
SRC Review of Safety DeliverablesSuccess Criteria
8. Review of selected safety deliverables using the SRC Review Process.
  • Finalisation of reviews initiated in 2011.
  • Review of projects/programmes nominated by SRC.
9. Maintain and update the processes for the review of safety deliverables, and explore new ways forward.
  • Alignment, if possible, with the activities that EASA will conduct to provide Safety Advice on further SESAR safety deliverables.
  • Update of SRC DOC 6 as necessary.
Safety Occurrence Reporting (AST) SystemSuccess Criteria
10. Continuation at ECAC level of the current mechanisms for safety occurrence reporting and analysis based on ESARR 2, while adapting the system wherever needed to the new needs arising in Member States where EU law is applicable.
  • Gathering and analysis of safety occurrence data based on the AST system.
  • Provision to PC of a specific input to address the issue of airspace infringements and other emerging areas of concern.
  • Contribution to SAFREP and other activities supporting the development of safety KPIs and safety targets.
  • Assistance to the SRC and the States represented in it to deal with specific areas of safety concern and implementation and enhancement of safety reporting and analysis.
11. Ensure, through appropriate coordination, the consistency of the annual aviation safety reports which exist in Europe, with SRC facilitating the ATM/ANS contents and their pan-European dimension.
  • Consistency of safety data presented by SRC, PRC and EASA annual reports.  
Development of Guidance and Other DocumentationSuccess Criteria
12. Update of SRC publications.
  • EAM and SRC guidance documents updated wherever necessary.
TrainingSuccess Criteria
13. Support the delivery of the NSA Training Initiative (NTI) by IANS and contribute to its update improvement, using part of the DSS/OVS human resources allocated to support SRC.
  • NTI safety-related contents reviewed and appropriate updates identified.
  • NTI safety-contents delivered with support from DSS/OVS.