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New report acknowledges value of coordinating ATM modernization through SESAR deployment, yet advises financial review


Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday 25 June 2019 – The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published a report on the European Union (EU)’s intervention in the deployment of SESAR.

While the report acknowledges the EU added-value of common projects, the report also claims that EU funding in support of Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernization was often not necessary.

SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM)’s work represents a pioneering initiative to put in place ATM research solutions, and the rules governing the project have always included a review clause to adjust any shortcomings.

Therefore, the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA), acting as the SDM, is naturally fully supportive of the ECA’s objective of ensuring public money is well spent in addressing the needs of the European economy and its citizens.

“The ECA’s report suggests EU funding was unnecessary, yet the ECA’s report does not recommend a stop to funding. This is because of the progress in synchronizing ATM modernization, in the context of SESAR deployment,” said Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager of SESAR Deployment Manager.

“Modernising Europe’s ATM is not only necessary to reduce delays, but also of key importance to battle climate change and achieve greater sustainability.

“The result of pro-active coordination co-funded by the EU is that nearly 90% of the Regulation is either completed, on-going, or planned.

“It is this high level of preparation and anticipation by all stakeholders, which is the actual benefit of the EU investment in SESAR Deployment Manager,” he continued.

The Pilot Common Project (PCP) is an Implementing Regulation (IR), in other words, an EU law binding EU Member States and their stakeholders to implement up to six new ATM functionalities by 2025. The binding nature is totally independent from any potential EU financial support. However, the EU financial support has been instrumental for stakeholders to bridge negative business cases that otherwise, would at least have slowed down deployment to the detriment of ATM network performance.

Past experiences have shown that IRs are required to set clear objectives to the ATM community but are insufficient to ensure that the community is getting ready in a synchronized way, ahead of regulatory deadlines.

The need for EU funding arose from experience gained through other Implementing Regulations [e.g. Data Link Services – (DLS), Surveillance Performance and Interoperability (SPI), Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B)] that stimulating a coordinated and synchronized implementation by all impacted stakeholders, well ahead of the regulatory deadlines, significantly increases final compliance and overall performance benefits.

The ECA Report also refers to SDM being subject to potential conflict of interests. Since the Commission considers very seriously any issue relating to conflict of interest, it was a major requirement in the open call through which SDA has been appointed as SDM to demonstrate mechanisms to avoid any situation of conflict of interest.

“As SESAR Deployment Manager, we do not intervene in the awarding of Union grants to ATM modernization projects. This is the responsibility of the European Commission with the support of The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA),” said Warinsko.

“However, SDA will continue working with the Implementation Partners in further improving the transparency and documentation of the clusterisation process leading to the submission of applications for EU grants to INEA.

“SDA insists that an upstream intervention in the submission process is required to screen the candidate projects from the very beginning, identify potential duplication and complementarities, supporting merger when beneficial and strengthening the defragmentation of SESAR implementation.”

Achievements of SDM

Just five years after PCP Implementing Regulation adoption and still three years ahead of the first major deadlines, the result is that nearly 90% of the Regulation is either completed (28%), on-going (44%) or planned (17%) which is an unprecedented proof of high buy-in, content-wise and process-wise, by the ATM community.

Moreover, on top of the EUR1.3 billion of EU funding invested to date into PCP deployment, the stakeholders have invested EUR1.6 billion, jointly leveraging a total investment of close to EUR3 billion. Whilst this is the usual level of investment by involved stakeholders, this is an unprecedented coordinated and synchronized focus of these investments on the objectives fully driven by the EU priorities.

This is this unequaled level of preparation and anticipation by all impacted civil and military stakeholders which constitutes the actual benefit of EU funding invested into PCP deployment.

SDM is conducting actual measurements of contributions to performance with operational stakeholders on operational data. Applied to the already completed 113 implementation projects, the results are available on SDM’s website: sesardeploymentmanager.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SESAR-Deployment-Manager-Fact-Sheet-Feb-2019.pdf

Ends

About the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA)

The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) is the organization which has been selected by the European Commission to perform the SDM function until 31st December 2020.

Legal setup

The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies.

The SDA is composed of:

– Airspace users grouping

– Airports, represented by the SDAG EEIG Group of Airports

– Air navigation service providers, represented by the ANSP grouping

Governance

The SDA is led by Nicolas Warinsko as the General Manager supported by the Management Team. You can find details of SDA managers on the contact page. The General Manager is appointed by and reports to the Board of Directors, materializing the equal partnership between the 3 groupings of Airspace users, Airports and Air navigation service providers with 2 representatives per grouping.

The General Meeting of Members is the general leading body of the Association. It is composed of representatives from all the Members of the Association and oversees the Board of Directors for the most important aspects of the life of the Association.

Principles

The SDA shall:

Adopt a passenger centric approach at all times but also take care for needs of cargo, military, business and general aviation in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Pilot Common Project implementing regulation and every subsequent Common Project; Represent the Operational Stakeholders, in particular the Air Navigation Service Providers, the Airspace Users and the Airports Operators, demonstrating the principles of cooperative and collaborative decision-making across its members and beyond, through a European wide operational Stakeholders Consultation Platform and a range of Cooperative Arrangements with other stakeholders; Create the right environment for successful Common Projects implementation by the industry, focused on delivering high levels of customer service and performance through open and transparent interaction with all stakeholders; Raise awareness of and build trust with any stakeholder required to invest and deploy through Common Projects, so that it understands and recognizes the SESAR Deployment Programme elaborated by the Deployment Manager; and Focus on a timely and performance-driven implementation of the Common Projects.

SESAR Deployment Alliance overview

SESAR deployment Implementing Partners overview

About SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects.

A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders.

The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014.

The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement.

To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.

The SDM function is performed by the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA). The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies.

SDA currently coordinates the implementation of 225 Air Traffic Management modernisation projects of which 105 already completed and bringing benefits to the European passenger.

For more information visit www.sesardeploymentmanager.eu

Let’s deliver together.

Press contacts:

Cliff Van Craen

Communication Officer SESAR Deployment Manager

cliff.van.craen@sesardeploymentmanager.eu

0032 478 81 81 71

 

Freek De Witte

Head of Stakeholder Relations SESAR Deployment Manager

freek.de.witte@sesardeploymentmanager.eu

0032 479 66 02 78

 

For further information

Julian Pryke

Meantime Communications

Tel: +44 (0)20 8853 5554

Mob: +44 (0)7880 541 485

hello@meantime.global

Visit Meantime Communications www.meantime.global

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New report acknowledges value of coordinating ATM modernization through SESAR deployment, yet advises financial review

Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday 25 June 2019 – The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published a report on the European Union (EU)’s intervention in the deployment of SESAR.

While the report acknowledges the EU added-value of common projects, the report also claims that EU funding in support of Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernisation was often not necessary.

SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM)’s work represents a pioneering initiative to put in place ATM research solutions, and the rules governing the project have always included a review clause to adjust any shortcomings.

Therefore, the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA), acting as the SDM, is naturally fully supportive of the ECA’s objective of ensuring public money is well spent in addressing the needs of the European economy and its citizens.

“The ECA’s report suggests EU funding was unnecessary, yet the ECA’s report does not recommend a stop to funding. This is because of the progress in synchronizing ATM modernization, in the context of SESAR deployment,” said Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager of SESAR Deployment Manager.

“Modernising Europe’s ATM is not only necessary to reduce delays, but also of key importance to battle climate change and achieve greater sustainability.

“The result of pro-active coordination co-funded by the EU is that nearly 90% of the Regulation is either completed, on-going, or planned.

“It is this high level of preparation and anticipation by all stakeholders, which is the actual benefit of the EU investment in SESAR Deployment Manager,” he continued.

The Pilot Common Project (PCP) is an Implementing Regulation (IR), in other words, an EU law binding EU Member States and their stakeholders to implement up to six new ATM functionalities by 2025. The binding nature is totally independent from any potential EU financial support. However, the EU financial support has been instrumental for stakeholders to bridge negative business cases that otherwise, would at least have slowed down deployment to the detriment of ATM network performance.

Past experiences have shown that IRs are required to set clear objectives to the ATM community but are insufficient to ensure that the community is getting ready in a synchronized way, ahead of regulatory deadlines.

The need for EU funding arose from experience gained through other Implementing Regulations [e.g. Data Link Services – (DLS), Surveillance Performance and Interoperability (SPI), Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B)] that stimulating a coordinated and synchronized implementation by all impacted stakeholders, well ahead of the regulatory deadlines, significantly increases final compliance and overall performance benefits.

The ECA Report also refers to SDM being subject to potential conflict of interests. Since the Commission considers very seriously any issue relating to conflict of interest, it was a major requirement in the open call through which SDA has been appointed as SDM to demonstrate mechanisms to avoid any situation of conflict of interest.

“As SESAR Deployment Manager, we do not intervene in the awarding of Union grants to ATM modernization projects. This is the responsibility of the European Commission with the support of The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA),” said Warinsko.

“However, SDA will continue working with the Implementing Partners in further improving the transparency and documentation of the clusterisation process leading to the submission of applications for EU grants to INEA.

“SDA insists that an upstream intervention in the submission process is required to screen the candidate projects from the very beginning, identify potential duplication and complementarities, supporting merger when beneficial and strengthening the defragmentation of SESAR implementation.”

Achievements of SDM

Just five years after PCP Implementing Regulation adoption and still three years ahead of the first major deadlines, the result is that nearly 90% of the Regulation is either completed (28%), on-going (44%) or planned (17%) which is an unprecedented proof of high buy-in, content-wise and process-wise, by the ATM community.

Moreover, on top of the EUR1.3 billion of EU funding invested to date into PCP deployment, the stakeholders have invested EUR1.6 billion, jointly leveraging a total investment of close to EUR3 billion. Whilst this is the usual level of investment by involved stakeholders, this is an unprecedented coordinated and synchronized focus of these investments on the objectives fully driven by the EU priorities.

This is this unequaled level of preparation and anticipation by all impacted civil and military stakeholders which constitutes the actual benefit of EU funding invested into PCP deployment.

SDM is conducting actual measurements of contributions to performance with operational stakeholders on operational data. Applied to the already completed 113 implementation projects, the results are available on SDM’s website: sesardeploymentmanager.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SESAR-Deployment-Manager-Fact-Sheet-Feb-2019.pdf 

Ends

About the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA)

The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) is the organization which has been selected by the European Commission to perform the SDM function until 31st December 2020.

Legal setup

The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies.

The SDA is composed of:

– Airspace users grouping

– Airports, represented by the SDAG EEIG Group of Airports

– Air navigation service providers, represented by the ANSP grouping

Governance

The SDA is led by Nicolas Warinsko as the General Manager supported by the Management Team. You can find details of SDA managers on the contact page. The General Manager is appointed by and reports to the Board of Directors, materializing the equal partnership between the 3 groupings of Airspace users, Airports and Air navigation service providers with 2 representatives per grouping.

The General Meeting of Members is the general leading body of the Association. It is composed of representatives from all the Members of the Association and oversees the Board of Directors for the most important aspects of the life of the Association.

Principles

The SDA shall:

Adopt a passenger centric approach at all times but also take care for needs of cargo, military, business and general aviation in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Pilot Common Project implementing regulation and every subsequent Common Project; Represent the Operational Stakeholders, in particular the Air Navigation Service Providers, the Airspace Users and the Airports Operators, demonstrating the principles of cooperative and collaborative decision-making across its members and beyond, through a European wide operational Stakeholders Consultation Platform and a range of Cooperative Arrangements with other stakeholders; Create the right environment for successful Common Projects implementation by the industry, focused on delivering high levels of customer service and performance through open and transparent interaction with all stakeholders; Raise awareness of and build trust with any stakeholder required to invest and deploy through Common Projects, so that it understands and recognizes the SESAR Deployment Programme elaborated by the Deployment Manager; and Focus on a timely and performance-driven implementation of the Common Projects.

SESAR Deployment Alliance overview

SESAR deployment Implementing Partners overview

About SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects.

A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders.

The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014.

The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement.

To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.

The SDM function is performed by the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA). The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies.

SDA currently coordinates the implementation of 225 Air Traffic Management modernisation projects of which 105 already completed and bringing benefits to the European passenger.

For more information visit www.sesardeploymentmanager.eu

Let’s deliver together.

Press contacts:

Cliff Van Craen

Communication Officer SESAR Deployment Manager

cliff.van.craen@sesardeploymentmanager.eu

0032 478 81 81 71

 

Freek De Witte

Head of Stakeholder Relations SESAR Deployment Manager

freek.de.witte@sesardeploymentmanager.eu

0032 479 66 02 78

 

For further information

Julian Pryke

Meantime Communications

Tel: +44 (0)20 8853 5554

Mob: +44 (0)7880 541 485

hello@meantime.global

Visit Meantime Communications www.meantime.global

About SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects.

A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders.The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014.The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment  Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement.To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.The SDM function is performed by the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA). The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers –the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies.

 

SESAR DM’s first 112 completed ATM projects across Europe will save 12 million flight minutes equating to EUR484m savings, and will generate over EUR10 billion performance benefits by 2030. SESAR DM has already overseen the completion of 112 ATM projects across Europe, which are part of the Single European Sky Initiative (SES),  launched by the European Commission (EC) in 2004 to modernise Europe’s ATM system. There are 237 other projects in progress that will, once completed, bring additional performance benefits to the European passengers, citizens and economy. (figures June 2019)

 

For more information visit sesardeploymentmanager.eu

 

Let’s deliver together.

Our Vision

The objective of SESAR is to modernise European ATM by defining, developing and delivering new or improved technologies and procedures (SESAR Solutions).

SESAR’s vision builds on the notion of trajectory-based operations’ and relies on the provision of air navigation services (ANS) in support of the execution of the business or mission trajectory — meaning that aircraft can fly their preferred trajectories without being constrained by airspace configurations.

SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects. A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders. The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014. The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement. To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.