The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has partnered with Latin America on a €7m project aimed at improving aviation security and strengthening relations between the two regions.

The four-year scheme will see the two parties invest in the improvement of aviation safety and the promotion of political, economic and environmental cooperation between the EU and Latin America in the field of civil aviation. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the regional safety oversight organisations (RSOOs) will be the primary focus of the project.

RSOOs are organisations that help states to collaborate, share best practices, safety oversight tasks and resources to establish and maintain an effective aviation safety oversight system. The EASA is the RSOO for the EU, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System, the first RSOO of its kind in Caribbean aviation, was established to facilitate the growth and development of aviation in the region through training, resource sharing, harmonisation of policies and procedures, among others.

EASA strategy and safety management director Luc Tytgat said:  “Latin America has a fast developing aviation sector and a long-standing relationship with Europe and EASA in this area. With this project, we are taking this partnership to the next level.

“It is an ambitious project that will cover a wide range of areas of mutual interest and we look forward to working closely with our Latin American and Caribbean partners. In addition, the project aims to promote closer cooperation also between the EU and Latin America and Caribbean aviation industry actors.”

The EASA hopes that the result of the partnership will act as an inspiration for other states to cooperate for safer aviation. Areas of intervention include environmental policy and technical cooperation based on EU standards.

The agency is involved in other similar technical cooperation projects that aim to raise global safety standards. The projects, which are largely funded by the EU, include partnerships with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Zambia, as well as the Balkans and Turkey.

The EASA also recently joined forces with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Airbus to define drone regulations and new safety standards with a view to laying the groundwork for the eventual launch of air mobility services.