Legal experts review 2021 activities and prepare 2022 work programme

Paris/videoconference, 5 October 2021 - The members of the ECAC Legal Task Force met for their first hybrid meeting. They considered the latest developments in their activities and work streams at global level, and were briefed on various meetings, including the COVID-19 European coordination meetings.

They also discussed the ICAO Legal Committee’s ongoing work and heard updates on the progress made in various ICAO working groups on legal matters. It was noted that a meeting of the ICAO Legal Committee was scheduled to be held in early 2022.

The participants discussed progress made by the two study groups: they reviewed the draft report of the joint ECO-LEGTF ad hoc study group on the Paris Agreement of 1956, and noted the ongoing work in the ad hoc group looking into legal issues around ECAC’s status.

The meeting also reviewed the status of implementation of the 2021 work programme, and agreed on a proposal for the 2022 work programme, which will be presented to the December meeting of Directors General.

Participants expressed their warm thanks to departing chair, Susanna Metsälampi (Finland), whose second mandate will terminate at the end of the year, for her expertise and guidance over the past six years. The task force looks forward to continuing to work with her as a member of the Legal Task Force.