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EUROPEAN AVIATION STAKEHOLDERS

  •  European Commission, Europe: The European Commission (EC) is the executive body of the European Union responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union’s treaties and day-to-day running of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, pledging to respect the EU Treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate.
    See: https://europa.eu/european-union/index_en
  •  EC DG Entreprise, Europe: The Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission. The Enterprise Directorate-General works on creating an environment in which European firms can thrive. The improvement of the business environment is to lead to a growth in productivity and subsequently create the jobs and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon in March 2000.
    See: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/index_en.htm
  •  EC DG Mobility & Transport, Europe: The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission responsible for transport within the European Union. DG MOVE is responsible for developing and implementing European policies in the transport field. Its mission is to ensure that transport policies are designed for the benefit of all sectors of the society. DG MOVE carries out these tasks using legislative proposals and programme management, including the financing of projects.
    See: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/index_en.htm
  •  EC Joint Research Centre, Europe: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.
    As the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre’s mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.
    See: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
  •  EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), Europe : The Agency promotes the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation in Europe and worldwide. It is the centrepiece of a new regulatory system which provides for a single European market in the aviation industry.
    The agency’s responsibilities include:
    – expert advice to the EU for drafting new legislation;
    – implementing and monitoring safety rules, including inspections in the Member States;
    – type-certification of aircraft and components, as well as the approval of organisations involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical products;
    – authorization of third-country (non EU) operators;
    – safety analysis and research.
    See : www.easa.europa.eu
    Visit EASA page dedicated to RPAS
  •  EUROCONTROL, Europe: Eurocontrol is the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. Founded in 1960, it is an international organisation working for seamless, pan-European air traffic management. Eurocontrol is a civil organisation and currently has 40 member states; its headquarters are in Haren, City of Brussels.
    Eurocontrol coordinates and plans air traffic control for all of Europe. This involves working with national authorities, air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, and other organisations. Its activities involve all gate-to-gate air navigation service operations: strategic and tactical flow management, controller training, regional control of airspace, safety-proofed technologies and procedures, and collection of air navigation charges.
    See : www.eurocontrol.int/
  •  ESA (European Space Agency), Europe: The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
    ESA is an international organisation with 20 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
    ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
    See : www.esa.int
  •  EDA (European Defence Agency), Europe: The European Defence Agency is the place to go for European defence cooperation. The Agency supports the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the European Union’s defence capabilities – a critical task in these challenging times.
    It works on the basis of a new approach that draws together the whole defence spectrum, tailoring its work to the military needs of tomorrow, providing different and often innovative solutions.
    See : www.eda.europa.eu
  •  FRONTEX (European Agency for Border Security), Europe: Frontex promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter applying the concept of Integrated Border Management.
    Frontex helps border authorities from different EU countries work together. Frontex’s full title is the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union. The agency was set up in 2004 to reinforce and streamline cooperation between national border authorities. In pursuit of this goal, Frontex has several operational areas which are defined in the founding Frontex Regulation and a subsequent amendment.
    These areas of activity are:
    – Joint Operations
    – Training
    – Risk Analysis
    – Research
    – Providing a rapid response capability
    – Assisting Member States in joint return operations
    – Information systems and information sharing environment
    See :www.frontex.europa.eu
  •  JARUS: JARUS is a group of experts from the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) and regional aviation safety organisations. Its purpose is to recommend a single set of technical, safety and operational requirements for the certification and safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into airspace and at aerodromes.
    The objective of JARUS is to provide guidance material aiming to facilitate each authority to write their own requirements and to avoid duplicate efforts.
    We would like to invite you to browse our website and hopefully you will find the information you are looking for.
    See : www.jarus-rpas.org
  •  SESAR JU (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking), Europe: The SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) programme is one of the most ambitious research and development projects ever launched by the European Union. The programme is the technological and operational dimension of the Single European Sky (SES)  initiative to meet future capacity and air safety needs.
    Given the complexity of the programme, a legal entity was founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, to coordinate and concentrate all relevant research and development efforts in the Community.
    The mission of the SESAR Joint Undertaking is to develop a modernised air traffic management system for Europe. This future system will ensure the safety and fluidity of air transport over the next thirty years, will make flying more environmentally friendly and reduce the costs of air traffic management.
    See : www.sesarju.eu
  • European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency – Europe is unique in that it is the only region developing a civil-based Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS) initiative. Whereas the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou systems – among others – are all operated by their respective militaries, Europe’s Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s only GNSS under civil control.

    Regardless of who operates the system, this space technology must ultimately benefit the users here on Earth. In Europe, the GSA serves as the essential link between space technology and user needs, translating Galileo and EGNOS signals into valuable, reliable services for European citizens.

    The GSA has been delegated the responsibility for the Galileo service operations and initial services by the European Commission. Within this role, the Agency is tasked with ensuring that the end user remains at the centre of Galileo. To accomplish this, the GSA is in constant dialogue with user communities, industry and stakeholders via a wide range of activities. For example, the GSA is working closely with chipset and receiver manufacturers to ensure all products are Galileo-capable and ready for Galileo’s deployment. In addition to receiver manufacturers, the Agency is also working with the major user communities, such as maritime and rail stakeholders, so they can update their systems and be ready to use Galileo. In addition, R&D funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements are important tools for reaching this level of readiness.

    Overseeing the Galileo service provision is no simple task. Other systems are already operational, with GPS being the de facto standard. However, the GSA is committed to making Galileo the world’s second GNSS reference system by 2020. To accomplish this, the Agency will lean heavily on its strong track record and experience from its work with EGNOS, where it has been responsible for the programme’s service provision for the past two years.

    During this time, the GSA has supported the uptake of EGNOS to benefit a wide range of users. For example, today, over 200 airports have EGNOS-based approaches, EGNOS-based precision farming benefits over two-thirds of European tractors, and EGNOS is the standard for mapping and surveying in Europe.

    The European Union has invested heavily in the development of Galileo and EGNOS. With EGNOS growing and Galileo initial services expected to launch already this year, clearly now is the time to solidify the vital link between space technology and the end user – the European citizen. See: www.gsa.europa.eu