On Tuesday 25 June 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the EU’s intervention in the deployment of SESAR, which seeks to harmonise and modernise air traffic management across Europe.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA assessed how well the European Commission managed the deployment of SESAR and how that deployment helped meet the objectives of the Single European Sky policy. They examined whether EU’s participation was justified and has contributed to effectively improving the performance of European air traffic management.
While the EU’s regulatory intervention was needed and has added value, the report is expected to question the usefulness of EU funding. Auditors are also expected to single out the lack of measurement of actual results. They will make a number of recommendations to achieve better results.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
Air traffic management has traditionally been developed and provided at a national level. The risks associated with the co-existence of different air navigation service providers and the need to ensure interoperability have led the EU to include a technological harmonisation and modernisation project – SESAR – in its wider Single European Sky policy. Overall, the EU has committed €3.8 billion to SESAR between 2005 and 2020.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.