Lymassol (Cyprus) – On 12 October 2012, during the High-Level Conference on the Implementation of the Single European” jointly organised by the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, Ministers of the BLUE MED Member States signed the State Level Agreement (SLA) to proceed with BLUE MED plan for the implementation of all necessary changes to achieve Single European Sky 2 objectives.
The BLUEMED FAB State level Agreement signing ceremony saw the participation of Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas and FAB Ministers representing Italy (BLUE MED Coordinator), Greece, Malta and Cyprus.
The signing of this agreement signals the official establishment of the BLUE MED Functional Airspace Block and it is the result of continued political willingness and support to this joint EU initiative by participating Member States.
During the ceremony, it was recognized that FABs have the potential to become major actors in the EU ATM landscape as well as beyond the European boundaries, because airspace users need efficient and seamless ATC systems. FABs would play a relevant role in the performance, in the coordination of network functions and the deployment of the SESAR Programme.
The BLUE MED FAB Project, coordinated by ENAV with the financial contribution of the European Commission, aims at the creation of a FAB over the central/south-eastern part of the Mediterranean basin, with the active involvement of non-EU States in line with the Single European Sky regulatory framework.
Project Partners are the EU Member States of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, with the participation of Albania, Tunisia and Egypt as Associate Partners. Part of the Project are also the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Lebanon with an observer role.