Iceland signs agreement to join EUROCONTROL

Posted: 20 September 2022 | | No comments yet

Iceland has signed a transitional agreement with EUROCONTROL to become a Member State of the organisation and participate in the tasks and activities from 1 January 2025 onwards.

Eamonn Brennan, EUROCONTROL (credit) DG (left) and Jon Gunnar Jonsson, DG Icelandic Transport Authority (right)

Iceland and EUROCONTROL have signed a Transitional Agreement marking Iceland’s intention to become a Member State of the organisation on 1 January 2025.

The Transitional Agreement was signed in Reykjavik by Jon Gunnar Jonsson, Director General of the Icelandic Transport Authority and Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL. Under the terms of the Agreement, Iceland will be able to participate in the tasks and activities of EUROCONTROL and be present as an observer in the decision-making and working groups.

Signing the agreement, Eamonn Brennan commented: “I am delighted to be signing this Agreement, which is an important step towards the integration of Iceland as EUROCONTROL’s 42nd Member State on 1 January 2025. We have been working closely with Iceland for many years and welcome their decision to join EUROCONTROL and take on all the rights and obligations of our Member States. Iceland is a growing destination from Europe, there were over 150 flights a day on average this summer alone, so their further integration into the European network will be beneficial from both an operational and a strategic perspective.”

On the occasion Jon Gunnar Jonsson said: “After an encouraging co-operation with EUROCONTROL for many years, where Iceland has had a preliminary observer status, an important step has now been taken. The geographical location of Iceland causes aviation and air navigation to be of vital importance for the nation, not only as a key economical factor for growth and prosperity, but also as the main mode of transport across borders. The most important asset for the development and maintenance of infrastructure in the field of aviation is cooperation between peers. By signing the agreement, Iceland confirms its determination to become a Member State of EUROCONTROL, with full participation in its activities and future development. ”

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