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SESAR Deployment Phase launched

5th December 2014 was a key milestone for the SESAR project: a partnership agreement was signed by the EU's Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the SESAR Deployment Alliance consortium.

The preliminary Deployment Programme is available and constitutes the initial reference point for the first Implementation Projects. See more details on the Deployment manager's website .


SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) is the technological pillar of the Single European Sky . It aims to improve Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance by modernising and harmonising ATM systems through the definition, development, validation and deployment of innovative technological and operational ATM solutions. These innovative solutions constitute what is known as the SESAR concept of operations.


This concept is defined in the European ATM Master Plan, which also defines the operational changes that needed and a roadmap for their implementation; The components of the concept are developed and validated by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) . The validated essential operational changes are deployed through Common Projects supported by dedicated SESAR deployment governance and incentive mechanisms. All three of these processes (definition, development and deployment) are components of a virtual lifecycle that actively involves the stakeholders and the Commission in different forms of partnerships.

With the implementing Regulation establishing the SESAR deployment framework (Regulation (EU) 409/2013), the Commission activated the deployment process that will close the loop of the SESAR lifecycle and allow SESAR to fully deliver its benefits from concept to implementation. Through this binding framework the Commission aims to ensure that the SESAR project evolves rapidly and seamlessly to its deployment phase by creating the right conditions for the timely and synchronised deployment of the essential functionalities of the SESAR concept of operations throughout the European ATM Network.

Video: original SESAR presentation (YouTube) | SESAR solutions in 2014 (YouTube) | Presentation by the SESAR JU


Council Regulation (EC) No 219/2007 on the establishment of a Joint Undertaking to develop the new generation European air traffic management system (SESAR) - [consolidated version]

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013 (SESAR deployment framework)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2014 (Pilot Common Project)

Policy and other related documents

Commission Staff working paper on deployment of the Single European Sky technological pillar (SESAR)

Council resolution on the endorsement of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan [30/03/2009]

Council Resolution on the launch of the development phase of the SESAR programme [19/10/2008]

Council Resolution on the SESAR Joint Undertaking [08/06/2007]

SESAR - The future of flying

Delivering Green Results - A Summary of AIRE projects results

SESAR and the Environment

Brochure: SESAR


Studies on air as a transport mode


Common ProjectsCommon projects are Commission Implementing Regulations mandating the coordinated and synchronised implementation of specific ATM...

SESAR International cooperation

Cooperation agreement with the USA on modernising air traffic management Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner responsible for transport...

SESAR contacts

MOVE-SESAREuropean CommissionDirectorate-General for Mobility and TransportDirectorate E - AviationUnit E3 – Single European SkyHead of Unit:Christine...

The SESAR Joint Undertaking

The SESAR Joint Undertaking is an initiative of the European Commission established by Council Regulation (EC) n°219/2007 of 27/02/2007, under...

What is the European ATM Master plan ?

The European ATM Master Plan is the agreed roadmap that connects ATM research and development activities with deployment scenarios to achieve the SES...