Philippe Merlo

Director European Civil-Military Aviation
Philippe Merlo

Philippe Merlo has led the new Directorate European Civil-Military Aviation (DECMA) since its creation in April 2018.

DECMA, a merger of two former Directorates (Directorate ATM, which Philippe had been in charge of since joining EUROCONTROL in February 2014; and Directorate Pan-European Single Sky), represents a significantly expanded mandate and portfolio. 

DECMA brings under one roof a strong technology, State support and innovation function:

  • Its State support units work to ensure the development and implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) at the pan-European level, supporting the EU and States as needed.
  • Its civil-military ATM coordination division ensures appropriate civil-military and military-military ATM coordination via EUROCONTROL’s unique civil-military competences.
  • Its R&D and SESAR Contribution Management division plays a core role in SESAR 2020, where EUROCONTROL leads eight projects and contributes to many more with the aim of achieving the objectives of the SES and the performance scheme, as well an ensuring full alignment of SESAR initiatives in accordance with the ATM Master Plan.
  • Its ATM strategies division ensures the strategic development of ATM, with particular focus on ensuring coordination at a global level with the key actors.

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.