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Single European Sky ATM Research

Sesar Joint Undertaking Video

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Florian GUILLERMET, Deputy Executive Director of the SJU, has been selected for the position of Executive Director. Florian's appointment comes at a time when the SJU and its members prepare for the next phase of SESAR, Europe's ambitious research and development (R&D) programme on Air Traffic Management.

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The SESAR project (formerly known as SESAME) is the European air traffic control infrastructure modernisation programme. SESAR aims at developing the new generation air traffic management system capable of ensuring the safety and fluidity of air transport worldwide over the next 30 years.

A three phase project

Definition Phase (2004-2008)

The first phase of SESAR, called the definition phase, which ended in 2008, delivered an ATM master plan defining the content, the development and deployment plans of the next generation of ATM systems.

This definition phase was led by Eurocontrol, and co-funded by the European Commission under the Trans-European Network Transport programme. Work was executed by a consortium made of representatives of all air transport stakeholders. Whilst most of the consortium members were European organisations, the consortium was also be opened to non European actors.

Development phase (2008-2013)

The development phase (2007-2013) will produce the required new generation of technological systems and components as defined in the definition phase. For this phase the Commission has proposed the creation of a joint undertaking, based on the GALILEO model, which will federate public and private funds (Community, Eurocontrol, industry and third countries) and guarantee a single management structure for the project, as well as a governance model associating all actors involved (public and private).

Deployment phase (2014-2020)

The deployment phase (2013-2020) will seek to build the new infrastructure at a wide scale both in Europe and in partner countries. This will be carried out under the responsibility of the industry without further public funding.

Related documents

Commission Staff working paper on deployment of the SES technological pillar

Commission Staff working paper on deployment of the Single European Sky technological pillar (SESAR) pdf - 99 KB [99 KB]


Council resolution on the endorsement of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan [30/03/2009]

Council Regulation (EC) No 219/2007 of 27 February 2007 on the establishment of a Joint Undertaking to develop the new generation European air traffic management system (SESAR) - [consolidated version] pdf - 96 KB [96 KB]

Communication from the Commission to the Council and to the European Parliament - The air traffic management master plan (the ATM master plan) [COM(2008) 750]

Council Resolution on the launch of the development phase of the SESAR programme [19/10/2008] pdf - 144 KB [144 KB]

Council Resolution on the SESAR Joint Undertaking [08/06/2007] pdf - 96 KB [96 KB]

Communication from the Commission - State of progress with the project to implement the new generation European air traffic management system (SESAR) [COM(2007)103]

Council general approach & declaration on SESAR [09/06/2006]

Information material

SESAR - The future of flying pdf - 873 KB [873 KB] Deutsch (de) español (es) français (fr)

Delivering Green Results - A Summary of AIRE projects results pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

SESAR and the Environment pdf - 520 KB [520 KB]

2009 Annual Report pdf - 5 MB [5 MB]

What is SESAR? (E-learning Module 1)

Brochure: SESAR pdf - 862 KB [862 KB] Deutsch (de) español (es) français (fr)

Brochure: SESAR Joint Undertaking: Today's partners for Tomorrow's aviation

Brochure AIRE pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Presentation: SESAR - Europe facing the challenges of future air traffic growth [June 2007] pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Press room

High Level Group

Minutes of the meeting of 13 July 2004 pdf - 25 KB [25 KB]

Speech by Vice-President Mrs L. de Palacio at the High Level Group meeting pdf - 20 KB [20 KB]


SESAME CBA AND GOVERNANCE [24/06/2005] Assessment of options, benefits and associated costs of the SESAME Programme for the definition of the future air traffic management system (Final report)


Call for expressions of interest to become member of the SESAR Joint Undertaking [27/06/2007] pdf - 81 KB [81 KB]