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Commission reappoints EUROCONTROL as Network Manager

Commission reappoints EUROCONTROL as Network Manager

06/05/2019

Today the European Commission reappointed EUROCONTROL as the Network Manager for air traffic network functions of the Single European Sky from 2020 until 2029. The Network Manager cooperates closely with air navigation service providers (ANSPS), airports, airlines and the military across 43 states. Its objective is to contribute to safer, more sustainable and efficient air transport.

The decision to appoint EUROCONTROL as Network Manager has been based, in the first place, on the organisation’s ability to comply with the requirements set out in the new Network Functions Regulation. These new EU rules clarify in detail the role and responsibilities of the Network Manager as an EU nominated body. They focus in particular on the continuous improvement of network operations and on mitigation of expected network problems due to capacity bottlenecks in some air traffic control centres.

Additionally, the positive assessment of the organisation’s performance during the previous reference period and the need to ensure business continuity in the performance of the air traffic management network functions supported the decision. The Network Manager has recently announced a seven point plan to tackle the challenge of rising air traffic in Europe – a priority in order to reduce delays for air passengers.

Background

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2019/123 lays down detailed rules for the implementation of air traffic management network functions: European Route Network Design, Air Traffic Flow Management and coordination of scarce resources (radar transponder codes, radio frequencies).