Croatia Control and COOPANS join the SESAR JU

March 9, 2016

Soon after the COOPANS Alliance won the Single European Sky Award 2016, the SESAR Joint Undertaking announced that the SESAR JU membership would be extended to five new partners, including the COOPANS Alliance.
The COOPANS Alliance develops a fully harmonised, world-class, safe and cost-effective ATM system, and involves the ANSPs of Austria (Austro Control), Croatia (Croatia Control), Denmark (Naviair), Ireland (Irish Aviation Authority) and Sweden (LFV). The advanced ATM functionalities have benefited all partners, leading to enhanced operational performance, safety and capability, in addition to increased capacity. The COOPANS Alliance is the leading example of industrial partnership in Europe.
“Thanks to SESAR, we are developing and deploying cutting-edge operations and technologies for the European and global aviation. We all know that a top-notch ATM system is vital for the achievement of the Single European Sky, and SESAR research and innovation projects are vital to reach that objective. I am confident that, with a renewed and evolved partnership, the SESAR 2020 work programme will deliver even more outstanding and timely results than before and drive our ambitious agenda forward”, says Henrik Hololei, Director General, DG MOVE, and Chair of the SESAR JU Administrative Board.
“SESAR JU membership and participation in the SESAR 2020 programme are among key pillars of our cooperation with COOPANS partners, as well as a strategic element of business with the purpose of being an active contributor to international processes and the development of new technologies. COOPANS is recognised EU-wide as an excellent example of cooperation of ANSPs, leading to the achievements requested by the SES initiative. COOPANS members are cooperating in various domains; however, in the joint contribution to SESAR 2020 they will increase the level of cooperation in the long-term perspective”, says Dragan Bilać, Director General of Croatia Control.