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Call for proposals for the establishment of the Sesar deployment framework partnership

The "Pilot Common Project"

The Commission has established the Policy level of the deployment governance, which is under its direct responsibility. The first tasks addressed by the Policy level are the development of the first common project, referred to as the "pilot common project" or PCP, and the setup of the deployment manager. The work on both tasks is running in parallel, however, the intention is to first adopt the PCP, which will serve as a concrete basis on which the relevant operational stakeholders can setup the partnership underlying the deployment manager and develop the deployment programme to implement the PCP.

The PCP will select the essentiel ATM functionalities in the ATM Master Plan that, having completed their research, development and validation cycle through the work of the SESAR JU, have demonstrated their readiness for deployment and to produce benefits if deployed in synchronisation.

In accordance with Reg. (EU) 409/2013 , the adoption of the PCP follows three steps :

  1. Setting the content
  2. Stakeholder consultation and endorsement
  3. Institutional consultation and adoption

The adoption of the PCP is planned for the second quarter 2014.

See also: Pilot Common Project Consultation Workshop (3 February 2014)

See also: Call for expression of interest in the Management and Implementation levels of the SESAR Deployment governance

An EU framework for SESAR deployment

On 5 May 2013, the European Commission adopted Implementing Regulation (EU) 409/2013 that defines an EU framework that will activate the SESAR deployment process closing the loop of the project's definition-development-deployment lifecycle and allow SESAR to fully deliver its benefits from concept to implementation.

This Regulation defines 4 main instruments to support SESAR deployment :

  1. Common projects, which aim to deploy ATM functionalities that are considered to be essential contributors to the improvement of the Union's ATM performance. For this purpose, they group those essential ATM functionalities defined in the ATM Master Plan that :

    • are mature for implementation;
    • demonstrate to have a positive global business case for the European ATM netwrok, and
    • require a synchronised deployment.
      Common projects define, through an EU legislative act, what nneds to be deployed to achieve the maximum benefits, where, by who and when.
  2. The deployment programme, which translates the common projects into detailed deployment activities (implementation projects) that define how common projects should be implemented.
  3. Governance mechanisms that ensure a timely, synchronised and coordinated deployment of the SESAR concept of operations and that involves all stakeholders and the relevant EU and Single Sky bodies.
  4. Targeted incentives, such as grants, loans, modulation of route charges, to support the coordination and the implementation of common projects.

Communication from the Commission on governance and incentive mechanisms for the deployment of SESAR, the Single European Sky's technological pillar

The European Commission has adopted a Communication (COM(2011)923 of 22.12.2011 ) on preparing the deployment phase of the SESAR Programme, the technological pillar of the Single European Sky (SES) sets the path for establishing governance and incentive mechanisms to deploy SESAR technologies in a timely and synchronised manner.

In the Communication, the Commission proposes to activate those SES instruments that will enable the timely and coordinated deployment of SESAR. In particular, it proposes to use "Common projects" and the related "guidance material" defined in Article 15a of Regulation (EC) 550/2004. Deployment incentive mechanisms, such as interim arrangements for steering on-going deployment activities and facilitating industrialisation processes, also include focussed EU financial support that will be channelled through the common projects. Before the end of 2012, and after consulting Member States and relevant stakeholders, the Commission plans to establish and adopt guidance material for common projects defining in detail the 3 levels of governance and the eligibility criteria for common projects.

As SESAR deployment will spread over many years, it is also necessary that ATM research and development remains closely interrelated with deployment and that it ensures the necessary technological reactivity required by an evolving operational environment. As the SESAR Joint Undertaking's mandate expires on 31.12.2016, the Commission will carry out the necessary evaluation and consultations with a view to submitting a relevant proposal before 2013 in view of extending the SJU's mandate.

Seminar on guidance material on common projects for SESAR deployment

Information, documents and conclusions concerning the workshop that took place on Thursday 12 July 2012.

Commission group of experts on SESAR Interim Deployment Steering (IDSG)

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As announced in its communication (COM(2011)923 of 22-12-2011 ) on preparing the deployment phase of the SESAR Programme, the European Commission has set up the IDSG as a transitional arrangement to steer the implementation of short term essential SESAR deployments identified as critical to performance and to achieve early benefits at European level. The central task of the IDSG will be to steer, coordinate and monitor short term implementation activities on the basis of an Interim Deployment Programme. The steering is primarily achieved through recommendations to the Commission and the oversight of their implementation. The IDSG is support by an Expert Team.

Interim Deployment Steering Group (IDSG)


Interim Deployment Programme (IDP) Version 3.1 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Annexe I pdf - 892 KB [892 KB] - Annex II pdf - 452 KB [452 KB]

IDP Execution Progress Report V 0.2 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

IDSG's Annual Work Programme 2013 pdf - 61 KB [61 KB]

SESAR Deployment Task Force

SESAR is a fundamental component - the technological pillar - of the Single European Sky, alongside other vital elements such as Functional Airspace Blocks, the Performance Scheme (Performance Review Body), and the Network Manager. SESAR is now in the phase of development under the leadership of the Joint Undertaking, then followed by the deployment phase implying the large scale production and implementation of the new air traffic management infrastructure.

In response to the Council's request of March 2009, the European Commission should present proposals for the preparation and transition from the development to the deployment phase of SESAR, focusing in particular on the establishment of the appropriate governance and funding arrangements. As a first contribution to this objective, the European Commission issued a Staff Working Document in December 2010, in which it presented a preliminary assessment of different questions and options for consideration.

To assist the european Commission by providing input to the preparation of its proposal to the Transport Council before the end of 2011, it was decided to set up a dedicated task Force composed of representatives of the main European organisations that play a role in the implementation of the SES and SESAR. The Task Force issued its report in June 2011 pdf - 67 KB [67 KB] , accompanied by the report of the Experts Group pdf - 268 KB [268 KB] established by the Task Force to provide a technical contribution to its discussions.

The attached report from the Task Force does not reflect the views or the position of the European Commission or of its services.