Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can a reader easily compare progress across the ECAC area in any implementation objective?

This can be done by means of the MP Level 3 Implementation Report using the LSSIP MapTool  or via the European ATM Portal.

How can I find out more about the methodology used by the States/stakeholders to determine progress in the implementation objectives?

You can consult the methodology used on our LSSIP dedicated page.

How is the LSSIP information used?

The information provided in the LSSIP documents is primarily used to produce the annual Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Report (also known as the ESSIP Report), which gives a global picture of progress in the implementation objectives at pan-European level. There are, however, many other users/uses of the LSSIP information.


  • It is used to carry out GANP ASBU monitoring for ICAO, thus ensuring that there is no double reporting for ECAC States.
  • The LSSIP itself is a comprehensive document not only showing progress in the implementation objectives but also providing other information relating to ATM in the  State in question.
  • The LSSIP process is sometimes used to transmit specific information from stakeholders, such as the inclusion of Annex D in the 2015 LSSIP, for the benefit of EDA, NATO and EUROCONTROL/ATM/CMC.
How is the progress of the implementation objectives monitored and reported by the States/stakeholders via the LSSIP process?

The States/stakeholders provide a concise and comprehensive statement of their progress on each implementation objective in comparison with the description of the objective, the finalisation criteria and the overall European planning, via the Web-based interface of the LSSIP database. This information is challenged, initially by the Agency Contact Person (in DPS/PEPR) and subsequently during an in-cycle check (in January) by the Agency Objective Coordinators (in DPS/PEPR) and Owners (all through the Agency), so as to ensure that the reported information is factually correct and up to date.

How many LSSIP documents are released and published?

There are 42 documents in total, 41 released by ECAC states and 1 by EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Control Centre, and all of these are published on the EUROCONTROL public website every year when they are signed by the relevant national authorities.

How to join the applicability area of an implementation objective?

Procedure for States/national ANS providers to request inclusion in the applicability area of an implementation objective

Those States/national stakeholders which do not yet fall within the applicability area of an implementation objective and which would like to do so are invited to:

  • make a written request to join (or be removed from) the applicability area of a particular implementation objective, expressly stating their commitment to implement the content of the objective content and to report on the progress of the actions defined in the objective. Note: If the applicability area of an objective reflects regulatory requirements, the States/stakeholders bound by these regulatory requirements cannot opt out from the applicability area;
  • have the request signed by their AAB representative;
  • send the signed request to EUROCONTROL either in the form of a letter sent by normal post or as a scanned copy by sent by e-mail to: Danny Debals. If this is not done, the progress status for each implementation objective, as reported in the individual signed LSSIP documents, will be considered an official declaration by the State and service provider(s), which will thus determine the applicability area of each implementation objective.

Once this has been done, the State/national ANS provider will be integrated into the applicability area of the objective(s) for the forthcoming cycle.

Is the LSSIP document signed by each stakeholder’s representative?

Yes, it is normally signed by each stakeholder’s representative. It is common practise for it to be signed by the CEO or the Director General of each stakeholder entity. It is, however, preferable for the regulator to sign on behalf of all other (national) stakeholders.

Is the LSSIP information reviewed/challenged by anyone?

Yes, the information provided by States/stakeholders in their LSSIPs is reviewed by DPS/PEPR contact persons, by the DPS/PEPR Objective Coordinators and the by the Agency’s Objective Owners, in addition to the reviews carried out internally within the States.

Is there any codification which can give a simple indication of progress in an implementation objective?

Yes, there is a set of colour-codes for progress predetermined in the LSSIP database and the States/stakeholders can select the one which best matches the progress noted in the statement and the planned completion date, i.e. Not Applicable, LateNo Plan, Planned, Partly Completed and Completed, etc. In addition, however, a percentage of completion is included in the 2016 LSSIP showing the rate of completion.

What is the basis of the LSSIP process?

Article 1.1d of the EUROCONTROL Revised Convention requires that in order to achieve harmonisation and integration with the aim of establishing a uniform ATM system, the Contracting Parties agree to strengthen their cooperation. To this end they agree to implement a common convergence and implementation plan for air navigation services and facilities in Europe. This has been further acknowledged at various Provisional Council meetings, and is also part of the recent Council paper. The LSSIP process is also referred to in the Implementing Rules on SESAR Deployment and the PCP.

What is the link between LSSIP and the European ATM Master Plan?

The European ATM Master Plan (MP) has three levels, with Level 3 being the implementation level. This level comprises the MP Level 3 Implementation Plan (also known as the ESSIP Plan) and the MP Level 3 Implementation Report (also known as the ESSIP Report). The LSSIPs (process, documents, tools) are positioned between the MP Level 3 Implementation Plan and the Implementation Report.

What kind of information is provided in the LSSIP Level 1 document?

The LSSIP Level 1 document provides an overview of how ATM is organised institutionally within the State, with the associated responsibilities, the organisation and classification of the airspace, the ongoing local and FAB/regional projects which contribute to ATM performance and the air traffic forecast and capacity needs to cope with the traffic, together with the core of the document, which is an overview at State and stakeholder level of progress in the implementation of all implementation objectives as set out in the Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan.

What kind of information is provided in the LSSIP Level 2 document?

The LSSIP Level 2 document provides a detailed report (at the level of stakeholder lines of action, SLoAs)  of the progress made by the State and all stakeholders concerned in the implementation of all implementation objectives. This document is not printed, but is available as a soft copy together with the LSSIP Level 1 document. There is, however, no public access to this document.

When is the deadline for the LSSIP Document to be released and published at the Web Site? When is the deadline for the LSSIP document to be released and published on the website?

The agreed deadline for the release and further publication of the LSSIP document is 31 March of each year.

Which State ATM stakeholders report via the LSSIP document?

The following stakeholders report via the LSSIP document: regulators/NSAs, ANSPs, airports and military stakeholders.

Who are the potential LSSIP document users?

Amongst others, the personnel concerned with the planning and development at the ATM stakeholders within the State, the EUROCONTROL experts involved in providing support to the States and national stakeholders, the experts of other European ATM organisations which monitor the progress of States/stakeholders in the implementation of various projects/programmes which fall within the scope of the implementation objectives, etc. There are, however, known to be other users, as the (Level 1) LSSIP documents are freely available on the EUROCONTROL website.

Who can access the restricted area of Level 2 and the tools?

All organisations and individuals on the AAB Member list and all EUROCONTROL staff have access to the restricted areas. AAB members and national focal points should log in using the userid/password given to them. Agency staff log in using the userid/password which they normally use to access a public site.

Note that only some of the LSSIP information (the detailed information on the implementation of the ESSIP objectives in “Level 2” and the LSSIP Tools) is on the restricted website. All other information is public.