End of year review of ECAC’s 2021 activities and the priorities for 2022

Paris and videoconference, 15 December 2021 - Directors General of Civil Aviation assembled for their 157th meeting (DGCA/157) to hear updates on recent ICAO and European developments, to discuss the preparations for the next ICAO Assembly (27 September - 7 October 2022), and to review the status of implementation of ECAC's activities in the current year and the work priorities for the next year in the following domains: external relations, safety and accident investigations, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), facilitation, security, environment, economic and legal matters.

ECAC President Alessio Quaranta (DGCA Italy) presented ECAC’s activities on external relations, highlighting the relations with key international partners and regional organisations (ACAO, AFCAC, LACAC).

Srečko Janša (DGCA Slovenia) provided an update on the achievements of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and Damien Cazé (DGCA France) gave a presentation on the priorities for the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (first semester of 2022), underlining that the main priority in the field of aviation would be decarbonisation. Damien Cazé also announced that an Aviation Summit dedicated to decarbonisation would be organised in Toulouse on 3-4 February 2022.

EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky, briefed Directors General on the latest EASA initiatives on drones, and the Chief of Staff in the EUROCONTROL Director General’s Office, Donal Handley, gave an update on traffic volumes and on recent developments within EUROCONTROL, including its support for SESAR and for environmental initiatives.