Founded in 1955 as an intergovernmental organisation, the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) seeks to harmonise civil aviation policies and practices amongst its Member States and, at the same time, promote understanding on policy matters between its Member States and other parts of the world.
ECAC's mission is the promotion of the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system.
ECAC's long-established expertise in aviation matters, pan-European membership and close liaison with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) enable it to serve as a unique European forum for discussion of every major civil aviation topic. It enjoys active co-operation with its sister organisations through Memoranda of Understanding and with the European Commission, EUROCONTROL and the JAA Training Organisation. It has particularly valuable links with industry and organisations representing all parts of the air transport industry.
Pragmatic and cooperative arrangements are in place for ECAC's engagement with other international organisations. For subjects on which work is led elsewhere, ECAC's added value lies in being able to coordinate and integrate views on a wider pan-European basis. ECAC's main activities are shown in the menu above, and are detailed elsewhere on this Web site.
ECAC works closely and cooperatively with other regional organisations and individual Contracting States of ICAO, including the United States, on a range of civil aviation issues of common interest, including training activities in the security, safety and environmental fields.
ECAC also conducts, at regular intervals, international symposia, workshops, seminars and training events.