The Parliament and the Council reached an agreement in conciliation on 9 December that paves the way for a single system of air traffic control in Europe, known as the Single European Sky.
On 9 December 2003, representatives from the Council and the Parliament agreed on civil-military co-operation, ‘functional airspace blocks’ and the role of Eurocontrol under the conciliation procedure.
The agreement includes closer co-operation between national military air sectors in order to limit detours civilian planes often have to make to meet various national requirements on no-fly zones.
Another major step forward was the compromise on the reconfiguration of the EU’s upper airspace. Air navigation services are provided in “airspace blocks”, which are airspaces of a defined dimension, in space and time. This reconfiguration of airspace will be based on operational or “functional” requirements regardless of national frontiers.
Eurocontrol will be involved in the preparation of the implementing rules in the field of its competences.