Gate One CEOs met in Budapest

GO CEO BudapestPress release

The Gate One CEOs met on May 11th in Budapest to discuss high level ATM issues relevant for the Gate One region. The conference was dedicated to share views and formulate common positions on significant topics such as the new Network Functions Implementing Rule and RP3 preparation, and developments of the Digital Single European Sky concept. Gate One CEOs also expressed their view of the future ATM environment and fundamentals of the new CANSO Strategy. For the next one year term, Gate One chairmanship will be undertaken by Mr Kornél Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl.

Gate One Views on the new legal text proposal for the NF IR

At their meeting in Budapest on the 11th of May 2018, the CEOs of the Gate One partners agreed on a joint position on the draft proposal of the new Network Functions Implementing Rule that the European Commission recently tabled for discussion.  
The draft proposal, which came after almost a two-year revision process that included several evaluations of the network functions, consultations during the Single Sky Committee meetings as well as a dedicated workshop, introduces a number of changes that are of a shared concern among the Gate One partners.
The Gate One partners´ reservations, detailed in the common position, are related to the revised governance arrangements (role of the Single Sky Committee and composition of the Network Management Board), ambiguity concerning a new Network Function – the ATFCM and the separation of the Network Functions from the Network Manager, proposed consultation of the Member States and the process of adopting remedial measures, as well as the process of the Network Manager appointment withdrawal.   
Given the significance of the network functions for the air traffic management in Europe, the Gate One partners share their view that the proposed draft Network Functions Implementing Rule should be further revised in order to address the identified concerns and ambiguities.  

Gate One partners share common guiding principles for legislative changes foreseen for Reference Period 3 (RP3)

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Realizing the great importance of the ongoing process of amending the Single European Sky performance and charging regulatory framework for the third reference period, Gate One partners decided to support the process by agreeing on a common position and sharing it with all the stakeholders involved.  

The position involves a set of principles Gate One partners would strongly encourage to be reflected during the process of amending the Performance and Charging Schemes.

The principles refer mainly to simplification of both regulations in terms of setting clear and universal rules for all pertained stakeholders, focus on local level, more balanced approach to respective categories of targets, or introduction of simpler, more automatic mechanism of revision of performance targets during the reference period.

Gate One partners support the more comprehensive position of CANSO and are open to discussion throughout the preparation of aforementioned pieces of legislation.

M-NAV and SMATSA joined Gate One

The members of the GATE One (GO) initiative, which is one of the largest regional ANSP platforms in Europe, agreed to play a more active role to explore potential for future inter-FAB cooperation. 

The CEOs of the GO Initiative which includes designated ANSPs covering 3 existing FABs (Baltic FAB, Danube FAB and FAB CE) and 2 non-EU FIRs (Belgrade and Skopje) - at their meeting in Sofia on 3rd December agreed to strengthen their operational and technical cooperation. As a pilot common project the CEOs proposed to launch a study to synchronize cross-border Free Route (FRA) implementation in the region for the airspace serviced by GO members. The participating CEOs went along with the opinion to keep GO as a cooperation platform.
„The ANSP members supported the proposed vision, which will allow us to work more closely together among others for airspace optimization, thus to be able to offer the best possible longer term ATM solutions for our airspace users” – said Miroslav Bartoš, Chairman of the GO CEO Committee meeting.
GO members will continue with their ongoing FAB development and national ATM improvement projects. GO FRA shall be developed on top of the existing ATM efforts being a kind of regional FRA umbrella project. It will be built step by step, making best use of the lessons learnt from similar regional initiatives and to get common benefits from SES/SESAR deployment.    
Another significant outcome of the meeting was the accession of SMATSA (the Serbian-Montenegro ANSP) and M-NAV (Macedonian ANSP) to the GO initiative. „We are very pleased to join the GO initiative, thus we can act as a bridge between our region and other initiatives. We look forward to working on airspace defragmentation together with all GO members. Our airspace is an important transit corridor and we need to develop a synchronized FRA Concept of Operation in close cooperation with our neighbouring ANSPs.  For us, GATE One is also a „door” which can bring us to a future pan-European Single Sky” – stated the SMATSA and the M-NAV delegation.
Sofia, 3rd December 2015