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However, the SEE FABA initiative has shown through its extensive work that the establishment of FABs is only a singular element among other elements necessary for the extension of SES to SEE. The overall challenge was to find a way forward which improves the effectiveness of SEE FABA initiative, and which determines how the initiative could better comply with the initial vision of the project aiming, beyond the establishment of FAB’s, at the extension of the Single European Sky (SES) to the South-East Europe and the establishment of co-operation between States in a region with remarkable increasing air traffic forecasts.
On 22nd of April 2008, eight States of South East Europe, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the European Commission, the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, and the Regional Co-operation Council, agreed to formally launch the Support Programme ISIS.
The re-orientation of SEE FABA towards the ISIS programme (Implementation of Single European Sky in South East Europe) includes new objectives, which are summarised below:
To enhance the current safety standards for general air traffic in the area;
To optimise capacity, flight efficiency, cost effectiveness, while taking into account environmental issues and defence requirements;
To address operational and technical matters in order to facilitate the implementation of the SES Regulations in the area and to co-ordinate with adjacent similar initiatives;
To enhance the level of staffing in national organisations when required and harmonise their level of knowledge in accordance with SES standards;
To the extent possible, to cooperate, to coordinate and to harmonise the work in the spirit of Single European Sky.
The RCC will retain the SP’s seat on the Governing Body of ISIS. Dr. Busek as coordinator of SECI will continue to be active in Air Traffic Management and civil aviation in general.