European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

SESAR - JU Single European Sky ATM Research

Since Europe’s current air traffic control systems are reaching their capacity limits and flight movements in Europe are expected to double by 2030 the European Union decided in 2004 the creation of a "Single European Sky" and an increased environmental awareness calls for more efficient operations and better technology.

In 2007 the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) was created under European Community law with Eurocontrol and the European Community as founding members, in order to ensure the modernisation of the European air traffic management system by coordinating and concentrating all relevant research and development efforts in the Community.

Members of this Private-Public Partnership are the Europäische Union, represented by the European Commission, EUROCONTROL and Industry.

The initiative is implemented by the JU, i.e. outside the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. The financial contribution of the European Union of approx. EUR 600 mio. comes from the budget of the Societal Challenge "Smart, green and integrated transport".

On July 9, 2014 the Private-Public Partnership has been launched officially. On July 10th, 2014, the European Commission has published a "Call of proposalsfor the establishment of the SESAR deployment framework partnership".