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Workshop Paper / Transport

3rd Florence Air Forum Summary – The Single European Sky – how to achieve its performance?

Author(s): FINGER Matthias, HOLTERMAN Martin, BRAND-WEINER Ian, ROSA Andrea

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ABSTRACT

The present document summarises the content of the presentations delivered during the 3rd European Air Transport Regulation Forum as well as the ensuing discussion. The topic of the Forum was "The Single European Sky – how to achieve its performance?". This report is divided in two sections: summaries of the presentations and the synthesis of the debates.

Presentations were delivered by representatives of many different types of stakeholders, including ANSPs, airports, airlines, other relevant actors, as well as by two knowledgeable academics. Each of them offered his/her view on the performance of the Single European Sky (SES), based on the following initial questions formulated by the organisers:

  • Does current performance-based regulation actually drive performance improvements? 
  • If collaboration is the only way to reach the performance targets, then how can this be achieved under the current institutional framework? 
  • Or will stakeholders concentrate on their own targets to the detriment of FAB or network ones? 
  • Who is taking risks and the burdens and how are those going to be credited? And ultimately: who is responsible for what? 
  • How can the stakeholder work effectively with the network manager? 
  • Who is the leader of this process? If any?

The discussion touched upon the role of the actors, the very different approaches that exist to the same aims, and the issues of dialoguing in such a wide and complex system, underlining the need to keep all actors on-board when implementing the changes.