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Brussels - 30 June, 2015 by European Defence Agency



Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA), and Massimo Garbini, Managing Director of the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Its purpose is to establish efficient cooperation and support between the two organisations with regard to SESAR deployment.

 

“Europe’s military fleets include some 9,500 diverse aircraft accounting for more than 150,000 flights each year. In other words, they form the single biggest ‘airline’ operating in Europe today. The challenges of the Single European Sky programme and the modernisation of European air traffic management are manifold. However, it is the role of the EDA to ensure that the European air forces will continue to have free and safe access to European airspace for training purposes, air-policing, as well as air defence missions. The financial and technological impacts of the programme need to be mitigated to ensure that they do not adversely affect European defence capabilities. Only through constructive cooperation between military and civil stakeholders, our shared vision of an efficient, safe and flexible European airspace can be realised. It is in this spirit that we sign the Memorandum of Understanding today”, said Jorge Domecq at the signature ceremony. 

Massimo Garbini, “This MoU reflects the kind of relationship we aim for with all stakeholders. Only through efficient cooperation and mutual support between both civil and military stakeholders, we can deliver the modernisation of European Air Traffic Management technology together.”

 

Memorandum of Understanding

The scope of the MoU covers the SESAR deployment of sets of functionalities in accordance with the relevant regulations1. The EDA and SDM will work together to support the Member States in translating the regulation into projects to be deployed nationally with financial support from the EU. The EDA will ensure that military viewpoints and needs are captured in the SESAR Deployment Programme and support the bidding and execution processes of the projects. At the same time, the Deployment Manager will coordinate with the military through the EDA to avoid any adverse impact on national and collective defence capabilities. This involves inter alia enabling and exploiting military contributions as well as optimising the use of expertise and avoiding duplications. The EDA and SDM also agree to put in place effective coordination procedures to ensure efficient synchronisation and the timely exchange of relevant information. A Steering Committee will be set up to ensure the effective functioning of the Memorandum.

 

Single European Sky ATM Research

The Single European Sky (SES) aims at realising the optimisation of the airspace organisation and management in Europe through a combination of technological, economic, and regulatory efforts. SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) is the technical pillar of this. SESAR involves developing a new ATM system to handle more traffic with greater safety and at a lower cost. Its new technologies and procedures will also seek to reduce the environmental impact of flying. The resulting efforts will be deployed in a synchronised manner involving all stakeholders, civil and military.

 

About SESAR Deployment Manager

SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) is the industrial partnership that synchronises and coordinates the modernisation of Europe’s air traffic management system under the political oversight of the European Commission. The main task of the SESAR Deployment Manager is to develop, submit to the European Commission for its approval and execute the Deployment Programme, a project view strictly drawn from the Pilot Common Project (PCP) set by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2014, as well as any subsequent Common Projects in future regulations. Through the Deployment Programme, the SESAR Deployment Manager will ensure efficient synchronisation and coordination of implementation projects required to implement the PCP, as well as the related investments. The tasks of the Deployment Manager are described in Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013.

 

Role of the EDA

In order to ensure that the effects on military aviation are understood and taken into account, Member States entrusted EDA with the task of facilitating the coordination of military views from and in support of Member States and relevant military organisations and to inform military planning mechanisms of the requirements stemming from SESAR deployment. In 2014, EDA established a dedicated SESAR Cell to ensure that the military views and requirements are taken into account in the implementation of SESAR.

 

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Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 409/2013 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2014

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New Cooperation Planning and Support Director

 

Brussels - 08 January, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Roland Van Reybroeck has been appointed EDA Cooperation Planning and Support (CPS) director on 1 January 2015. He previously held the position of Head of Governance & Policy Support to the Belgian Chief of Defence. 

 

“I look forward to working very closely with the highly qualified and experienced EDA staff in order to meet the objectives set out by the European Council and Member States”, Roland Van Reybroeck stated upon his arrival at the European Defence Agency.

As Cooperation Planning and Support Director, Roland Van Reybroeck will address through-life cooperation opportunities for capability development, from priority-setting to in-service support. The CPS directorate also provides direct support to CSDP missions and operations as well as a cooperative platform for military airworthiness, standardisation, certification and training. It also encompasses the Agency’s support role in developing the Single European Sky.

 

Critical projects

The skills of Roland Van Reybroeck will allow us to move on with projects of critical importance for the defence community such as the establishment of common military airworthiness standards, the development of multinational exercises or the smooth implementation of SESAR from the perspective of military users”, EDA Chief Executive Claude-France Arnould commented. “The CPS directorate is home of some of the key enablers that can be used by Member States to save money through a cooperative approach”, she added.

As part of his previous assignment with the Belgian Chief of Defence, Roland Van Reybroeck and his team helped prepare the development of a comprehensive long-term vision for Belgian defence. Prior to that, as a Senior Manager of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), he led the reorganisation of this body, established an in-service support strategy for the NH90 helicopter and developed cooperation with countries such as Finland, Norway, Sweden and Australia.

 

Background

Before he joined the NATO Agency, Roland Van Reybroeck was Head of Office of two Belgian Chiefs of Defence after having accumulated 20 years of experience in military aeronautics and collaborative programmes.

Roland Van Reybroeck started his career as a F-16 Maintenance Officer with the Belgian Air Force in Kleine Brogel, where he returned later in his career to become Maintenance Squadron Commander. He then went on to become Training Aircraft Programme Manager and F-16 Programme Manager.

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Team Focused on Military Implementation of Single European Sky launched in EDA

 

Brussels - 09 April, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

A new cell focusing on the military implementation of SESAR - the European air traffic control modernisation programme – has been established within the EDA.

 

The Single European Sky (SES) aims at realising the optimisation of the airspace organisation and management in Europe through a combination of technological, economic, and regulatory efforts. SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) is the technical pillar of this. SESAR involves developing a new ATM system to handle more traffic with greater safety and at a lower cost. Its new technologies and procedures will also seek to reduce the environmental impact of flying. Although SES regulations primarily apply to civil aviation, military could be affected whenever flying out of dedicated and restricted airspaces.  

 

EDA’s responsibilities in SESAR deployment

The SESAR programme is now reaching its deployment phase and EDA has various responsibilities regarding the military implications of the project. Since 2010, EDA has been tasked to support participating Member States in the identification of the military operational and financial risks expected with the implementation of SESAR. It has now been assigned a specific role to coordinate military views (CIR 490/2013) - by gathering input and requirements from Ministries of Defence (MODs).  EDA could also enable MODs to access EU funds for collaborative projects.

 

How the new team operates

The new team called the SESAR Cell will provide in-house expertise and will coordinate with MODs to ensure that the military views and requirements are taken into account in the implementation of SESAR. The EDA will also work closely with the European Commission, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (responsible for SESAR Development), NATO and EUROCONTROL.  A Management Committee - comprised of representatives from the 22 participating Member States will monitor the progress of the cell.

 

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