Lithuania and Poland will co-operate with regard to the development of the Baltic Functional Airspace Block Initiative

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2010 07 30

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Lithuania and Poland will co-operate with regard to the development of the Baltic Functional Airspace Block Initiative
Lithuania and Poland will co-operate with regard to the development of the Baltic Functional Airspace Block Initiative
Both countries will co-operate in carrying out the Feasibility Study on the Polish and Lithuanian functional airspace block (hereinafter FS). The FS will assess possible scenarios for the establishment of the Baltic FAB, and will analyse its practical and technical aspects. The FS, which is partly financed by the European Commission, is already in progress, and it should be completed by October 2010.   
 
The Ministries responsible for Transport have agreed to establish a co-operation system, which will enable representatives of both countries to discuss FS results and other aspects of the joint initiative. All interested stakeholders and social partners will be provided with information on the progress and results of the FS.
 
Basing on FS results solutions will be made regarding the concrete steps required for the establishment of the Baltic FAB. A possibility is foreseen for other countries of the Baltic Sea region to take part in the establishment of the FAB together with Lithuania and Poland. A decision regarding the indication what countries should participate in the establishment of the FAB will be made after a supplementary study, whereas the FAB will be launched only upon the signing of an intergovernmental agreement.   
 
In European countries FABs are established regarding the implementation of the Single European Sky’s initiative, the objectives of which consist in the improvement of the overall performance of the air transport system in Europe. To meet this purpose, according to the European Parliament and Council regulation, by the end of 2012 all EU member states shall participate at least in one functional airspace block together with any other European country.