EUROCONTROL is the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation and is an inter-governmental organization working for seamless, pan-European air traffic management.


The organization was established in 1960 by six European States, i.e. Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, for the purpose of developing a coherent and coordinated air traffic control system in Europe. The EUROCONTROL International Convention relating to Co-operation for the Safety of Air Navigation was signed at Brussels on 13 December 1960 and entered into force on 1 March 1963. Four Member States (Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands) agreed in 1964 to set up a single international air traffic control centre to manage their upper airspace, finally settling on Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 2014, the organization had 40 Member States, counting the European Community as a member.


The Organization’s strategic objectives are classified in specific areas: Safety, Capacity, Efficiency, Security, and Environment. To achieve its mission and objectives, EUROCONTROL initiates, develops, and coordinates short-, medium- and long-term pan-European air traffic management strategies and their associated action plans. This is done in a collective effort involving civil and military aviation stakeholders (national authorities, air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, industry, professional organizations), the European institutions (such as the European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Community, the European Civil Aviation Conference, etc.), and international aviation bodies.


EUROCONTROL’s main offices are located as follows: the Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; the Research Centre in Brétigny-sur-Orge, France; the Maastricht Upper Area Control (MUAC) centre in Maastricht, Netherlands; and the Training Institute in Luxembourg.


Cover sent from EUROCONTROL to the Chief, Personnel at ICAO – Postmarked on 10 November 1969.

The slogan indicates the location of prior headquarters at Rue de la Loi, Brussels.


Cover sent from EUROCONTROL to the French Delegation at ICAO – Postmarked on 7 May 1981.

The slogan indicates the location of prior headquarters at Rue de la Loi, Brussels.


Letter cut with EUROCONTROL’s machine slogan - Postmarked on 17 November 1996.


Slovenia – 22 January 1998 – First Day Cover - 25th anniversary of EUROCONTROL.


Cover sent to the Regional Affairs Office at ICAO, Montréal.

Hand-stamp indicating the address of the current Headquarters.


EUROCONTROL, Maastricht – Sticker.

Operated by EUROCONTROL on behalf of four European States, MUAC provides cross-border air navigation services in the upper airspace (above 24,500 feet, or 7,500 meters) of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and north-west Germany.