The update focuses on seven main areas
Independence and resources of National Supervisory Authorities (NSAs)
High level of expertise and independence of oversight is central to the safe and efficient management of the ATM system. Audits have shown deficiencies in the oversight of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). SES2+ seeks to improve the system by providing the NSAs with more support through EU-level co-operation and pooling of resources. It also requires full organisational and budgetary separation of NSAs from the ANSPs they supervise in order to ensure truly independent oversight, such as is found for example in the oversight of airlines.
Traditionally, all ATM services have been budled into one monopoly provider and designated without use of public procurement rules. SES2+ requires the application of normal procurement rules to ensure a transparent selection of the provider offering the best cost/benefit ratio.
The ANSPs exist to serve the airspace users and need to be focused on the customer needs. SES2+ brings better consultation and gives the airspace users groups a role in signing off major investment plans.
Performance scheme and the Performance Review Body (PRB)
The performance scheme needs to be strengthened to avoid dilution of targets and allow proper tailoring at local level. The PRB will also be given more independence.
Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs)
FABs have so far had relatively inflexible constructions. SES2+ will make them more flexible, industry led, and more focused on performance. As long as the performance targets are met, the Commission will not try to micromanage the FABs, but let the industry devise its own solutions.
Network Manager (NM)
The network manager provides services mainly to other service providers. In SES2+, its role is clarified, made industry-led, and the door to new centralised services -especially ones coming from SESAR- is opened.
EASA, Eurocontrol and the institutional landscape
Finally, a decade of overlapping responsibilities between EU level organisations is brought to an end, by dividing work between them so that Eurocontrol will focus on the operational issues (network manager), EASA on technical rule drafting and oversight authority tasks, and the Commission on economic regulation (performance, charging, institutional issues, etc...).
Additionally, some more administrative updates are carried out, in order to align the provisions with those of the Lisbon Treaty.
Citizens' summary [31 KB]
Cost flight efficiency [235 KB]
Environment [257 KB]
Facts and figures [461 KB]
Institutional matters [277 KB]
Service provision and oversight [557 KB]
Who does what? [377 KB]
Public Consultation [2 MB]
Draft Impact Assessesment [3 MB]
Opinion [296 KB]