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International Aviation - EU-Africa Aviation Conference

2-3 April 2009, Windhoek, Namibia

Conference Conclusions (to be confirmed once internal consultations on both sides are completed):

Letter from the European Commission to the African Union Commission pdf - 316 KB [316 KB]

Joint Statement of the European Commission and the African Union Commission pdf - 21 KB [21 KB]

Common Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Africa-Europe Cooperation in Air Transport pdf - 50 KB [50 KB]

Programme and presentations:

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

18:00 - 20:30    Conference Registration

20:00               Welcome Reception  

Thursday, 2 April 2009

8:00               Conference Registration

9:00 - 9:30      Official Welcome and Opening Session

Welcome Addresses:

9:30 - 11:00    Session 1: Market and regulatory developments in the African and EU aviation industry in a globalising economy: liberalising air transport and removing obstacles in rapidly growing markets

Removing barriers for air transport in the EU and in Africa. Overview of EU developments (the single EU aviation market and its results, the EU's evolving external aviation policy). Overview of the African market and regulatory developments (Yamoussoukro Process, regional liberalisations). Consumer rights. The role of air transport for regional development. How to ensure fair competition in open markets?

Presentations:

11:00 - 11:20     Coffee break

11:20 - 13:00     Session 2: Air Traffic Management

How to ensure safety and efficiency of ATM? ATM situation in Africa. The Single European Sky, new technologies and infrastructures: GALILEO and SESAR, international cooperation and standards. Extension of EGNOS to Africa.

Presentations:

13:00 - 14:30    Luncheon

14:30 - 16:10    Session 3: Aviation Safety

Regional and sub-regional cooperation and harmonisation of safety. Challenges for aviation safety regulators: how to successfully develop and implement safety regulations at the sub-regional level? The Safety Management System approach and its consequences for the regulators: how to remain constantly up-to-date in an ever-changing international regulatory environment?

Presentations:

16:10 - 16:30    Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30    Session 4: Environmental Aspects

Air transport and climate change. Greener ATM. Emissions trading. Aircraft noise.

Presentations:

20:00               Official Dinner

Friday, 3 April 2009

9:30 - 10:30    Session 5: Development trends in the airline industry

Commercial developments in the current global financial situation, alliances and code-share operations. Airline consolidation and privatisation. Emergence of new-comers and low cost carriers. EU-Africa aviation market outlook (passengers and cargo). General aviation.

Presentations:

10:30 - 10:50    Coffee break

10:50 - 11:50    Session 6: Airport Developments

Investment needs, infrastructure plans and financing, role of hubs vs. regional airports, modernisation and privatisation of airports.

Presentations:

11:50 - 13:00    Session 7: EU-Africa co-operation in civil aviation

EU-Africa technical and industrial cooperation - priorities for the future.

Presentations:

13:00 - 14:30    Luncheon

14:30 - 15:15    Session 8: Aviation Security [This session was reported due to time constrains.]

Aviation security policies and procedures.

Presentations:

15:15 - 15:35    Coffee break

15:35 - 16:45    Outcome of the Conference (to be confirmed once internal consultations on both sides are completed):

Letter from the European Commission to the African Union Commission pdf - 316 KB [316 KB]

Joint Statement of the European Commission and the African Union Commission pdf - 21 KB [21 KB]

Common Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Africa-Europe Cooperation in Air Transport pdf - 50 KB [50 KB]

16:45 - 17:00    Closing session

17:00               Farewell cocktail