Paris, France (12 February, 2020) – The International Civil Aviation Organization, European and North Atlantic Office (ICAO EUR/NAT) and the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) met last week as part of the activities designed to kick start a new phase in collaboration between these two organizations.
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The meeting held at ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Office focused on promoting a more active cooperation between the two organizations, increasing the understanding of each other's roles and practices, and exchanging information.
Underneath the umbrella of the MoU signed with ICAO in 2017, EUROCAE and ICAO EUR/NAT are moving forward to explore more opportunities to further cement the relationship between them and increase cooperation and understanding to the benefit of the States of these vast Regions. The meeting started with presentations from Silvia Gehrer, Regional Director of ICAO EUR/NAT and Christian Schleifer-Heingärtner, Secretary General of EUROCAE. The presentations were followed up with more technical discussions between the EUR/NAT team and EUROCAE delegation.
Main outcomes of the meeting included the commitment to share important and relevant technical documentation; the organization of joint meetings and workshops and other activities aimed to facilitate the achievement of global and regional objectives by States in the areas of aviation safety, air navigation and cybersecurity. Cooperation in the areas of cybersecurity and new entrants operations was especially highlighted with the confirmed support to the planned EUR/NAT events on RPAS/ drones operations (30 June - 1 July, Paris) and Cybersecurity (3 - 5 November, Paris) in 2020.
This event is part of a series of initiatives the ICAO EUR/NAT Office is currently undertaking to enhance the outreach and support required by the 56 States from these Regions. The contributions from EUROCAE focus on areas of rapid technological changes for air navigation, the challenges imposed by cybersecurity threats to aviation and the arrival of new operators to the airspace.