The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) is a public-private partnership created on 27 February 2007 with the goal of ensuring the modernisation of the European air traffic management system by coordinating and concentrating all relevant research and development efforts in the Union under the SESAR programme. As defined in the COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 219/2007 of 27 February 2007 where the undertaking was established, the SJU “shall be responsible for the execution of the ATM Master Plan , which defines the work programme for the implementation of the target concepts, including the different deployment strategies, and in particular for carrying out the following tasks:
- organising and coordinating the activities of the development phase of the SESAR project, in accordance with the ATM Master Plan, resulting from the definition phase of the project managed by Eurocontrol, by combining and managing under a single structure public and private sector funding,
- ensuring the necessary funding for the activities of the development phase of the SESAR project in accordance with the ATM Master Plan,
- ensuring the involvement of the stakeholders of the air traffic management sector in Europe, in particular: air navigation service providers, airspace users, professional staff associations, airports, and manufacturing industry; as well as the relevant scientific institutions or the relevant scientific community,
- organising the technical work of research and development, validation and study, to be carried out under its authority while avoiding fragmentation of such activities,
- ensuring the supervision of activities related to the development of common products duly identified in the ATM Master Plan and if necessary, to organise specific invitations to tender.”
(Source: COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 219/2007)
SAPIENT is financed and receives H2020 funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking, which is for this scope acting as the second party in the agreement no. 699328.
SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) is the technological pillar of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative, a European project drawn to harmonise air traffic control across Europe. The establishment of EU regulation in this area comes from the need of structuring air navigation at pan-European level, in order to cope with a predicted strong increase of flight intensity in terms of air traffic management and creation of additional capacity, and to increase the overall efficiency of the whole system.
Indeed today, the inefficiency of European ATM system due to airspace fragmentation has estimated costs of about €4 billions annually, which may result in substantial difficulties that may harm the development of the sector. By changing the management of air traffic operations across Europe through substantial de-fragmenting, the SESAR goals of reducing delays, increasing safety standards and flight efficiency to reduce the aviation environmental footprint, reducing costs related to service provision, increase capacity and reduce overall costs and emissions could be achieved.