The agreement was signed by Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL, and Andreas Boschen, Executive Director of the SESAR 3 JU, during the SESAR 3 JU’s Governing Board meeting at EUROCONTROL’s Brussels HQ.
EUROCONTROL has been supporting SESAR research and innovation since 2007, playing a leading role in developing and delivering new or improved technologies and procedures to make European aviation smarter and more sustainable. With the establishment of the SESAR 3 JU in November 2021, EUROCONTROL will commit up to €500 million in in-kind contributions and additional activities, as well as providing programme management, administrative and back office support, including hosting the partnership at its headquarters in Brussels.
Specifically, the agreement reflects the obligations set out in the European Council Regulation (Articles 157 and 158) establishing the SESAR 3 JU. It states that EUROCONTROL will carry out development and validation activities in support of the SESAR 3 JU work programme, as well as provide advice on European ATM developments, in particular on the future airspace architecture. The agreement also has provisions for programme management support, in addition to back-office arrangements.