Standards evolution workshop

Enabling Europe’s future aviation needs
Exploring the role of standards in the future airspace architecture

EUROCONTROL, in partnership with the European Commission and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), is organising a high-level technical workshop exploring the role of standards in the evolving European airspace. 

The workshop addresses standardisation experts from State authorities, air navigation service providers, airports, airlines, industry, manufacturers, aviation associations and the military as key partners in Europe’s shared airspace.

Due to COVID-19, this will by a hybrid event - you will be able to attend physically, or virtually. You can inform us during the registration process via the form below. As the situation changes quickly, we may moved to an online-only event for your safety and that of others. You will always find the most up-to-date information on our event page.


The focus will be on how standards need to adapt to support the transition to the distributed architecture proposed by the Airspace Architecture Study (AAS), including the:

  • conditions for a regulatory framework for deployment;
  • role of standards in facilitating the AAS (what needs to be standardised and what can be re-used);
  • support of standards in the transition from today’s system to the future architecture.

Draft agenda

This is a provisional agenda and will be updated regularly. You will always be able to find the latest version on our event page.

Time Topic Speaker
10:00 Welcome and objectives Philippe Merlo, Director European Civil-Military Aviation, EUROCONTROL
10:05 Network benefits of harmonised deployment Paul Bosman, Head of Infrastructure Division, Network Management Directorate, EUROCONTROL
10:20 Use of standards in support of regulation DG MOVE, European Commission
10:35 Evolution of European standardisation framework DG GROW, European Commission
10:50 Coordinating standardisation efforts and identification of standardisation needs Pascal Medal, EASA
11:15 Importance of standards in achieving harmonised deployment Peter Green, Head of Standardisation, EUROCONTROL
11:30 Military approach to distributed architectures European Defence Agency (EDA) / EUROCONTROL
11:50 Deploying the future architecture – role of enterprise architecture in defining deployment needs Wim Post, Head of Master Plan and Architecture, EUROCONTROL
12:15 Lunch
13:15 The changing role of standards: from technical to performance Standardisation Team, EUROCONTROL

Discussion on the role of standards in the future architecture
Operational panel

Moderator: Paul Ravenhill, Think Research
  • AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
  • Airports/ACI
  • NSA
  • Regulator/EASA
  • SESAR Joint Undertaking
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 The changing role of standards: enabling deployment during the transition Standardisation Team, EUROCONTROL

Discussion on the role of supporting the transition
Institutional panel

Moderator: EUROCAE
  • ETSI
  • European Commission
  • EASA
  • SDM
  • EDA
16:15 Wrap-up and conclusions Standardisation Team, EUROCONTROL
17:00 Close  


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Background information

European airspace is changing in order to handle more flights more efficiently. The AAS is the roadmap to show us the way forward. It is the vision of a new, distributed architecture for the provision of seamless, flexible and scalable services. European airspace will be managed as a single continuum by a virtual and collective system, involving both civil and military airspace users.

In order to achieve the goal, we need new technology, new approaches to service delivery and new forms of service provision. How do we ensure that all these different parties will operate systems which talk to one another and work together to realise the vision?

Regulation and standards form the framework for the new system. They are the key enablers and promoters of change and must also adapt to change. We need new ways of thinking about standards, with a strong focus on interoperability and open architectures.

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