SESAR 3 JU and EUROCONTROL reinforce collaboration

From left to right: Andreas Boschen, Henrik Hololei and Eamonn Brennan

On 15 December 2022, the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking and EUROCONTROL, as one of the SJU’s founding members, signed an administrative agreement setting out EUROCONTROL’s renewed role in and commitment to the partnership and the Digital European Sky research and innovation programme.

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.

Andreas Boschen, Henrik Hololei and Eamonn Brennan cutting a ribbon

"It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the brand new offices of SESAR 3 JU at our premises as part of the agreement we signed today. This reconfirms our commitment to the SESAR programme, and expresses our full support to research and innovation activities in Europe. Our cooperation is a hugely important step forwards towards delivering sustainable, innovative and digital solutions. Bringing all the key actors in the aviation value chain together, under one roof, for the benefit of European aviation is a core goal of EUROCONTROL and in that regard we’re proud to host the SESAR JU at our Brussels HQ."

Eamonn Brennan Director General, EUROCONTROL

"We are delighted to have the renewed commitment and support of EUROCONTROL for the SESAR 3 JU partnership and our research and innovation work programme. We look forward to working closely with EUROCONTROL in collaboration with other founding members and partners in order to deliver an inclusive, resilient and sustainable Digital European Sky."

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