EGNOS safer landings scheme extended to Ukraine
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister Oleksandr Vylkul signed a Joint Statement in Brussels today declaring both sides' intention to include the Ukrainian territory in the coverage of EGNOS (the European Geostationary Overlay Service).
The EU-Ukraine Cooperation Agreement in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), concluded in November 2013, will be a win-win arrangement for both sides.
It will increase the robustness of the EGNOS performances in the Eastern part of the EU and will allow the provision of the services over Ukraine. The utilisation of EGNOS services in Ukraine is also contributing to the creation of a Single European Transport Area covering 1 billion people in the EU and the neighbouring countries.
As member of Eurocontrol, Ukraine is in the process of adopting the Single European Sky legislation. EGNOS is a catalyst for the Single European Sky and the arrival of Ukraine will contribute to the defragmentation of aviation navigation services across the continent. ■