New Joint Unit Cements Cooperation between EASA and EUROCONTROL – Drones Information


Brussels – Director General EUROCONTROL Eamonn Brennan and the Executive Director of the European Union for Aviation Safety (EASA), Patrick Ky, have officially opened the joint office for technology and coordination of EASA and EUROCONTROL (TeCO) at the EUROCONTROL headquarters in Brussels.

The office aims to improve the efficiency of the joint activities of the two organizations.

For Eamonn Brennan, this is β€œan important step forward in the ever closer cooperation between the two organizations, which enables strong cooperation at all levels. The joint TeCO enables us to provide EASA with the necessary technical support, further improve our cooperation and avoid duplication of work. “

The security and efficient operation of air traffic in Europe are based on a complex system that includes harmonized air traffic management and air navigation services managed by different organizations. EASA acts as the European regulator of the system, while EUROCONTROL is the pan-European civil-military aviation organization that plays a central coordinating role.

The requirements for the European air traffic system have been increasing in recent years due to the increased capacity requirements – temporarily interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis – as well as social expectations regarding the high level of security, cybersecurity and environmental protection and global interoperability in aviation.

“The shared office will take our collaboration to a new level,” said Patrick Ky. “This is a very visible sign of the close relationship between our two organizations and shows our shared determination to support European aviation with the best possible technical and regulatory expertise.”

TeCO, managed by EASA Emanuil Radev, will initially draw on the technical know-how of four experts delegated by EUROCONTROL. The unit will provide technical support in relation to regulations and standards, safety oversight management and international cooperation activities, including the provision of specific tasks and services to aviation actors.

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