Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

European Union project on aviation safety holds steering committee meeting in Astana

03/07/2018 - 07:28
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ASTANA – On 27 June the EU Delegation's Head of Cooperation, Johannes Stenbaek Madsen, made welcoming remarks at the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries assistance and support project in civil aviation in Astana.

The project, which is implemented by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) was represented by the project's leader, Dieter Gaupmann, EASA Senior Technical Cooperation Regional Manager, and his team. The meeting was attended by representatives of aviation authorities from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Ukraine. Present were also representatives of EASA partner organisations, including Sarantis Poulimenakos from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Adam Borkowski from the ECAC.

In his remarks Mr Stenbaek Madsen stressed the importance of EASA in establishing and enforcing common aviation safety standards in the EU and expressed how pleased he was that a project which was previously reserved for countries within the EU Eastern Partnership now also included cooperation with Kazakhstan and three other countries in Central Asia.

The Steering Committee took stock of progress made within four work packages addressing the following issues: (1) EU legislation (for Eastern Partnership countries); (2) Administration (Oversight system); (3) Safety Management Systems, and: (4) Competence development. A working paper covering activities carried out under the different work packages was presented and a work programme for the coming period was agreed.  


The Eastern Partnership and Central Asia Countries Assistance and Support Project in Civil Aviation have two objectives:

  • For countries which are part of the EU's Eastern Partnership - to ensure their effective participation in the pan-European civil aviation system;
  • For Central Asian countries, to support their civil aviation authorities in fulfilling their international obligations in terms of air safety and security. 

This is achieved through a wide scope of activities, including:

  • Training, peer-to-peer and on-the-spot support, as well as awareness raising;
  • Dedicated initiatives on safety management and civil aviation administration management;
  • Effectively addressing safety findings raised by ICAO audits or EASA standardisation visits.
  • Support for the implementation of existing comprehensive aviation agreements, paving the way towards a Common Aviation Area;
  • Support for the harmonisation of regulations and working practices with international safety and security standards.

For more information about the project and the EASA: and

For further details please contact Dieter Gaupmann, Senior Technical Cooperation Regional Manager, EASA: +49 221 89990 5069, or Ms Elnara Bainazarova, Press and Information Officer of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan: + 7 (7172) 974567, e-mail: