Philippe Merlo

Director European Green Sky
Philippe Merlo

Philippe Merlo is the Director of the European Green Sky Directorate (EGSD) since 1 October 2022. Before that Philippe was Director DECMA (the European-Civil Military ATM Directorate); he joined EUROCONTROL in February 2014 as Director ATM.

The European Green Sky Directorate brings under one roof technology, innovation, international cooperation, sustainability and aviation intelligence. It has responsibility for:

  • proposing, coordinating and supporting the evolution of European ATM and supporting a strategic positioning of EUROCONTROL within the European aviation landscape;
  • providing support to the Director General regarding EUROCONTROL’s high-level relations with key European and international aviation partners and industry associations; ensuring efficient partnership and support to these partners through cooperation agreements;
  • managing EUROCONTROL’s contribution to SESAR; managing the Agency R&D and innovation activities including industrialisation phase, aligned to the strategy of the Agency and contributing to EU ATM research, initiating, promoting and managing pan-European R&D and Industrialisation programmes;
  • leveraging Agency’s data resources to develop aviation intelligence;
  • ensuring the provision of impartial and independent performance assessment, traffic forecasts and cost-benefit analysis for European ATM;
  • ensuring the provision of efficient support to the Performance Review Commission (PRC) through the Aviation Intelligence Unit;
  • fostering and managing the Agency activities in support of environment, climate change and related policies.

Philippe has spent his entire career in ATM, beginning as a flight test engineer in 1986 in the French DGAC (Directorate General for Civil Aviation) after graduating from the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile in Toulouse. He would then steadily rise within the organisation to occupy a number of managerial functions of increasing responsibility, including four years as Head of the En-Route ATC Centre in Bordeaux and four years as Director of all Technical Systems and Innovation. In 2010 he became Deputy CEO of DSNA, the French Air Navigation Service Provider, in which capacity he was increasingly involved in ATM at a European level, before joining EUROCONTROL four years later.