The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and EUROCONTROL have revealed enhanced cooperation plans to improve aviation expertise.
Both parties will jointly establish a common foundation and a general framework to facilitate the cooperation.
The organisations are expected to sign a formal agreement to establish a programme during the second half of 2013.
Initially, EASA and EUROCONTROL will target training, pooling resources, oversight of SESAR deployment, evaluating the requirements of military airspace users and supporting national civil aviation authorities.
As part of the agreement, the European Union (EU) Neighbouring Policy and EU External Aviation Policy will also be targeted for development.
EUROCONTROL director general Frank Brenner said: "The combination of EASA’s safety regulatory competence and EUROCONTROL’s longstanding expertise in the air navigation sector will allow the aviation industry and operators to benefit from the single framework, which is needed for the oversight and certification of pan-European infrastructure and centralised services."
The cooperation will focus on the actions needed to implement the Single European Sky at the maximum possible standard, while also covering environmental protection.
EUROCONTROL will support EASA’s regulatory work with its expertise in air traffic management, airspace and route design fields.
EASA executive director Patrick Goudou said that the new framework is instrumental in the development of a more competitive air transport industry in Europe.
"EUROCONTROL believes this agreement will provide the optimal framework to combine the expertise and resources of the two European organisations, following the extension of EASA competences to ATM/ANS and aerodromes," Goudou said.
Image: EASA executive director Patrick Goudou and EUROCONTROL director general Frank Brenner during the announcement to boost co-operation between them. Photo: courtesy of EUROCONTROL.