The BLUE MED Functional Airspace Block was established with the signing of the State Level Agreement in Cyprus on 12 October 2012. Following this milestone the FAB entered into the Implementation Phase. Apart from the establishment of a new institutional set up, one other major undertaking was the drawing up of an FAB Implementation Programme document. This document contains a number of major operational and technical projects which BLUE MED States have to implement by 2014 and beyond, as well as a number of other activities having the scope of improving the capacity, efficiency, safety and harmonisation on an FAB-wide basis and the reduction of environmental impact.

The major projects include the Route Network Catalogue, Free Route Operations, ATFCM optimisation, Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) , Air Ground Data Links, Ground/Ground IP Network implementation, and Complementary OLDI Messages implementation.

Other activities some of which have to be implemented to meet SES requirements include Aeronautical Data Quality, FAB-wide Radar Maintenance Plan, ATM System upgrade, and Common Strategy and Alignment with the SESAR Programme. In addition a number of initiatives in the Safety Domain, Human Resources and Social Dialogue, Performance Planning and Centralised Services will be undertaken.

All the above mentioned projects and initiatives have the objective of achieving the capacity, safety, efficiency, economic performance and environmental benefits that the European Commission desires to result from the implementation of the Single European Sky.

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