United States’ authorities and ECAC Coordinating Committee discuss strategic cooperation

Paris, 12 May 2022 - Coordinating Committee members met with senior United States' representatives from the State Department, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration for the first time since 2019, having since then met by videoconference during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussions reaffirmed the close cooperation between ECAC and the US authorities across the range of aviation domains, with a particular emphasis on ambitions and expectations for the 41st ICAO Assembly, recovery from the COVID-related disruption, and the impact on aviation following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The two delegations noted the range of generally consistent approaches being taken to the various matters, which covered environment, facilitation, security and safety among others, the mutual willingness to learn from each other and look for solutions where there were differences of approach, and the need to take the essential messages on environment in particular to other parts of the world in the perspective of the 41st Assembly. Discussion took place on the proposals likely to be brought forward to the Assembly where we might make common cause and look for support from other regions.