The 41 EUROCONTROL Member States today entrusted the organization with a new task – to set up voluntary solidarity funds to support Member States in aviation crisis situations for reasons beyond their control.
Member States also asked the Agency to set up and manage two specific funds, one in the form of a €46.5 million donation to Ukraine and Moldova and the other in the form of a €46.1 million loan EUR to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland . The funds will be used to cover staffing and training costs, as well as any other costs needed to ensure operational readiness and continuity when air traffic recovers.
said Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL “We are all aware of the major impact that Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine had on air travel on the European continent. EUROCONTROL stands in solidarity with Ukraine and the other countries whose air navigation services have been so badly affected. This decision allows us to take collective action to provide support and funding to ensure the longer-term viability of air traffic control in each state impacted in this way, now and in the future.”
Henrik Hololei, Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission “Russia’s unprovoked brutal aggression has completely halted traffic over Ukrainian airspace, resulting in a loss of personnel and en route revenue. Showing solidarity with another member state, Ukraine, facing brutal aggression is the least EUROCONTROL members can do and I am sure we will show solidarity until the war with Ukrainian success is over and we are on the way to new innovations and renewals – building Ukraine.”