Directors General discuss strategic priorities and appoint a new Coordinating Committee member

Paris/hybrid, 11 May 2022 - ECAC’s Directors General of Civil Aviation gathered in Paris for their 158th meeting, joined by observers from the European Commission, EASA, EUROCONTROL, ICAO and JAA TO.

Ahead of the ICAO High-level Meeting on the feasibility of a long-term aspirational goal (HLM-LTAG) in July and the 41st ICAO Assembly in September and October, a significant share of the discussions focused on Europe’s ambitions on environmental matters.

The ECAC Secretariat provided a briefing on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and the ECAC Secretariat and EUROCONTROL jointly presented a proposal displaying a single public European SAF online map. This proposal was adopted by Directors General.

The meeting also welcomed industry representatives from ACI EUROPE, A4E, ASD and CANSO who shared their priorities on environmental matters. France provided an update on the achievements of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2022, while the European Commission reported on the "ReFuelEU Aviation" initiative.

The meeting also took briefings from the ECAC President on ECAC’s outreach activities in recent months, from EASA on the latest version of the EASA-ECDC Aviation Health Safety Protocol, and from EUROCONTROL on traffic volumes, highlighting the aviation recovery in the European region.

Two strategic documents – the ECAC Communication Strategy and the ECAC External Relations Policy Statement – were adopted by Directors General along with the draft of a joint 2022-2024 work programme between ECAC and the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO).