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EUROCONTROL at 60: 60 years of supporting European aviation

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60 years EUROCONTROL

This year marks the 60th anniversary of EUROCONTROL – a journey that began in the late 1950s when European States first came together in a technical working group (called 'EUROCONTROL') comprising civil and military representatives.

1960 would see the first EUROCONTROL International Convention relating to Cooperation for the Safety of Air Navigation signed by our founding 6 States (Belgium, France, the Federal German Republic, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) – ratified 3 years later in 1963, which is where our story starts.

Since then, our tasks have evolved and deepened, but our core strengths have remained unchanged – supporting all aviation actors with technical excellence.

Today's EUROCONTROL is more relevant than ever.

Our organisation has grown over the years to now proudly comprise 41 Member States and 2 Comprehensive Agreement States. We perform an essential function as the EUROCONTROL Network Manager overseeing the European aviation network; we efficiently collect the route & terminal charges that finance the system through our Central Route Charges Office; we lead the world in cross-border service provision from our Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre, the world’s first cross-border, civil-military air navigation service provider; we provide unique civil-military expertise through our Civil Military Cooperation Division; we lead the way in aviation innovation through our Innovation Hub; and we provide best-in-class aviation learning through our Aviation Learning Centre. And much, much more beyond these key highlights.

In all of these activities, we strongly support aviation decarbonisation, working hard to make aviation safer, more efficient, more cost-effective, and to minimise the sector's environmental impact.

As we officially celebrate those 60 years – appropriately enough at the 60th meeting of our Provisional Council, our governing body composed of representatives of the Member States at the DGCA (Director General for Civil Aviation) level together with the European Commission and cross-sector observers – we salute everyone who has made our success story happen, from our dedicated staff who have built the organisation over the years and ensure we continue to deliver, to our Member States and all our many partners for their continued commitment and trust in us.

Together, we will continue to Raise the Aviation Bar for European aviation.

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