Group of 14 eminent personalities has been set up by M. Philippe Busquin,
the European Commissioner for Research, with the tasks of developing a
vision for the European aeronautics and air transport system up to 2020
and beyond and making recommendations on how to achieve it. This unique
initiative was recommended by a Special Advisory Group whose report
last spring on the challenges facing European aeronautics underlined the
potential benefits of defining a common vision for the various stakeholders.
The Members of the Busquin Group are extremely well-qualified for their
mission, they have a profound knowledge of the different sectors and unrivalled
experience of operating on a global scale. After a first meeting on 10
October, the Group will work on a report for final adoption just before
the Christmas holidays to be presented at the Aerodays Conference on January
Busquin Group is being asked for an ambitious and inclusive common
vision, which is not a prediction but an aspiration for the air transport
and aeronautics in the next 20 years and beyond and the leading role
that Europe is committed to play. The industry is already fully agreed
on the need for such a vision and the research to underpin it.
The 2020 vision reflects the long lead times which are characteristic
of the sector's R&D and production processes.
importance to Europe of its aeronautics sector
A leading industrial sector in Europe with an annual turnover
of more than 60 billion Euros, directly employing over 420, 000
people with another 800,000 jobs supporting the industry's activities.
Europe's leading export sector with a balance of trade surplus
of over 22 billion Euros in 1999.
A crucial asset for the knowledge economy which is the key to
Europe's future prosperity. The industry is technologically innovative;
provides spin-offs to other sectors, invests on average 15% of
its turnover in research and is a primary user of advanced technologies
in its products, services, design and manufacture.
30% of public funded aeronautics civil research is now organised
at the European level in the EU's Framework Programme.
A pillar of the European air transport system, aeronautics is
a vital source of mobility for business and the leisure economy
to be faced
the 2020 Vision will seek to answer include:
How to build on current success and become world leaders in all
aspects of aeronautics? With world-wide demand for aircraft, engines
and related equipment and advanced services expected to more than
double in the next 20 years, the industry must achieve an even
stronger competitive position.
How to meet the needs and respond to the concerns of society in
favour of greater environmental protection and improvements in
the quality of life? As passengers, people want safe, punctual,
comfortable and economic air travel; as citizens they want less
noise and atmospheric pollution from aircraft.
How to sustain and strengthen competitiveness against major rivals?
Aeronautics research continues to be much higher in the US with
a rate of investment and innovation that risks leaving Europe
How to sustain and strengthen a continuing flow of innovation
and technology to underpin a leading role for the industry, its
products and air transport-related services in global markets?
European Heads of State and Government drew attention to "
the pre-eminent role of research for economic and social prosperity
in Europe," at their European Council at Lisbon in the spring.
How to establish a coherent, research agenda as the basis for
a long-term strategy for European aeronautics? How to better organise
R&D at enterprise, regional, national and European levels
and foster greater synergies between them?
How to turn Commissioner Busquin's concept of a European Research
Area into a framework for a more effective use of resources? Work
could focus on linking the national programmes, optimising the
use of research infrastructures, creating tighter networks of
research centres, promoting an approach to education that will
secure the long-term availability and quality of talent for aeronautics?
Metthey, European Commission (tel.: +32 2 296.88.70)
European Commission (tel.: +32 2 295.90.74)
- group of personalities on aeronautics
of the board and CEO, AENA
of the supervisory board, DaimlerChrisler Aerospace AG
Commissioner for Research (Chairman)
of the board - NIVR, Netherlands Agency for Aerospace
des Vorstandes, DLR, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt
Chairman and CEO, Finmeccanica
Secretary, Department of Public Enterprise, Aviation Development
and International Relations Division
and CEO, Thomson-CSF
and CEO, Rovsing Dynamics
- S Air
VP. Kone, Member of the Board, Finnair
Vice President, AB VOLVO