FAB CE Social Dialogue Forum: Concern about SES2+



The Social Dialogue Forum, held on April 30 in Prague, was chaired by Mr Dragan Bilac, FAB CE CEOC Chairman, and co-chaired by Mr Janos Lakatos, who represented the FAB CE social partners, and is also the Chairman of the Danube ATCU, a trade unions association representing the air traffic controllers from Austria, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

The EC representative Mr Patrick Bernard, and Mr Zdenek Jelinek from the Czech Ministry of Transport, as the Chairman of the FAB CE Committee, also participated in the forum.

In his welcoming speech Mr Bilać expressed his gladness with having all social partners at the table after a two-year pause, since the last SD Forum took place.

The forum gathered nearly 40 representatives of trade unions from all FAB CE ANSPs, who were presented with: enhancements in particular activities of the FAB CE programs and projects, the Performance Plan, business results, proposals relating to operational issues and human resources management, establishment of the FAB CE common entity, and the Gate One initiative.

The participants were particularly interested in and expressed their concern about the SES2+ regulatory package which proposes further market liberalisation, and so far has passed several instances in the enforcement procedure at European institutions.

Mr Bilać announced that the next Social Dialogue Forum will be held in October 2014.

Presentations can be found here.

FAB CE Performance Plan Presented to Stakeholders


A Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE) Performance Plan was presented on 29 April 2014 at stakeholder’s consultation meeting between the representatives of FAB CE (states, national supervisory bodies, service providers) and air navigation service users (airlines) in Prague.

The FAB CE was established in 2011 within the common initiative of seven states (Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Hungary, The Czech Republic and Slovakia) and air navigation service providers (ANSP) in Central Europe, following the EU initiative for the creation of the Single European Sky (SES) independent of state borders.

One of the most important tasks within ANSPs cooperation in the FAB CE is the development of a common performance plan (FAB CE Performance Plan) for a 5-year period (2015 -2019), comprising four key areas in air traffic management: safety, capacity, environment and cost-effectiveness.

A Draft Plan indicates significant improvements in all areas where the FAB CE aims to completely meet the requirements set by the EC, such as a decrease in delays from 0.32 minutes per flight in 2015 to 0.29 minutes per flight in 2019, and a decrease in the determined unit cost from EUR 48.6 in 2015 to EUR 42.8 in 2019.

FAB CE Releases Positive RP2 Performance Plan – Complete Compliance

FAB Central Europe (FAB CE), bringing together air navigation service providers (ANSPs) from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, has now published its Performance Plan for the second Reference Period, 2015-2019 (RP2), excluding Bosnia and Herzegovina due to its non-EU membership status.

The plan shows significant performance improvement in all areas: safety, environmental performance, capacity and cost efficiency. FAB CE is even exceeding the targets set by the European Commission. 

The main performance plan figures for ANSPs are as follows:

Key Performance Area

RP2 EU-wide Target

FAB CE Performance



Efficiency of Safety Management

Safety Culture – Level C by 2019

All other areas – Level D by 2019

Level D for all areas

Use of RAT methodology

SMIs - >=80% by 2017, 100% by 2019

RIs - >=80% by 2017, 100% by 2019

ATM-S - >=80% by 2017, 100% by 2019

SMIs – 94,17% by 2017, 100% by 2019

RIs – 93,33% by 2017, 100% by 2019

ATM-S – 92,5% by 2017, 100% by 2019

Just Culture

Must apply Just Culture

100% compliance



Flight Efficiency

2,6% of KEA value in 2019

1,99% of KEA value in 2015

1,81% of KEA value by 2019



Flight Delay

0.50 minutes per flight during RP2

0.32 minutes in 2015

0.29 minutes by 2019

Cost Efficiency


Aggregate determined unit cost decrease



Determined Unit Cost 2015

€ 56.64

€ 48.57

Determined Unit Cost 2019

€ 49.10

€ 42.83


Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) are a fundamental part of Europe’s plans to build single European airspace, in order to deliver safer, more efficient and seamless air traffic management for the benefit of all airspace users and their passengers. Those benefits must be real and measurable, in accordance with the requirements of the EC.


Commenting on the figures, the Chairman of the FAB CE CEO Committee Dragan Bilac said: “These figures show that the hard work of all FAB CE members is gaining benefits. They show a very positive development and prove that FAB CE is on track to meet its targets”.


“The targets are feasible and indicate that our members are contributing very positively to meeting this important European goal. I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work so far and I am confident we will achieve these targets”, he continued.

FAB CE Social Dialogue Workshop on April 30 in Prague

The next Social Dialogue Workshop will take place on April 30 in Prague. Topics of discussion will include SES and SES 2+ as well as ongoing activities regarding RP2 targets and the FAB CE Performance Plan.

FAB CE CEO Committee held in Ljubljana

WR9M9710b topThe 15th FAB CE CEO Meeting was held in Ljubljana on January 23. Significant progress was made towards establishing the FAB CE Legal Entity. Other important work items were the review of social dialogue matters and its continuation in 2014.

The progress on the FABCE Strategy update development and the alignment of the implementation planning towards the FAB CE performance plan for the Reference Period Two (RP2) as well as the application of the common competence scheme were also discussed.