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Newsletter 26/2013 - Activities in brief

Letter of intent on joint aviation services in South East Europe signed by aviation organizations from the region

The Directors General of Civil Aviation Authorities as well as the Chief Executive Officers of the respective Air Navigation Service (ANS) providers of Albania, Kosovo*, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Hungary signed a Letter of Intent on the Joint Service Provision Area Initiative (JSPAI) in South East Europe (SEE), under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 29 April 2013. Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia took part in the Conference, strongly supporting the initiative, and expressing the intention to join the signatory parties at a later stage, following internal procedure.

The Initiative aims to strengthen regional cooperation in air traffic in SEE, focusing on more efficient and safer air navigation services provision.

The Joint Service Provision Area Initiative has been designed to supply economic benefits for its participants and their stakeholders through joint projects and cooperation between regional civil aviation authorities and air navigation service providers. It is based on real needs and may serve as a means for putting in practice the existing bilateral/multilateral agreements concluded among the signatories.

Jovan Tegovski, RCC Secretariat Chief of staff commended the agreement reached, adding that it provided a ground for stepwise development of a Joint Service Provision Service Area (JSPA) in SEE as a unique initiative towards better quality and competitiveness of the regional provision of Air Navigation Services. 

"Your participation confirms that you are willing to engage your full capacity to work towards strengthening regional cooperation in air traffic in SEE, with the aim of effective implementation of the envisaged EU requirements, particularly in light of administrative and institutional weaknesses in the region and ways to overcome them."

The event brought together representatives of Civil Aviation Authorities of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Hungary. Chief Executive Officers of national air navigation service providers and of HungaroControl also took part in the conference. It was co-organized by the RCC Secretariat and the Montenegrin Civil Aviation Agency.

 

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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