Press & News

February 2020

Sri Lanka hosted a joint regional workshop on ‘Cyber Security in Aviation’ for States in South Asia (SAARC) and South East Asia (ASEAN). Delegates from 12 States explored how to establish an aviation system that is resilient to cyberattacks by incorporating cybersecurity into the current aviation safety concept, involving a coordinated and international effort by aviation’s different stakeholders. The workshop highlighted the need for joint and integrated work between aviation safety and security, as well as promoting the sharing of information.


In support of the South Asia Regional Initiative (SARI) programme of regulatory harmonisation, two Aircrew Regulatory Development Workshops were held – in Dhaka and Colombo respectively – paving the way for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to adopt EASA-based Flight Crew Licensing rules governing the qualification and licencing of air crews.


Sri Lanka hosted a workshop entitled “Environment Matters for Aeroplane Operators”, aimed at building South Asia’s regional capacity to protect the environment from the adverse effects of its vast and growing aviation sector. All eight SAARC States were represented by their Civil Aviation Authorities and those airlines which fall under the scope of ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Delegates examined in detail CORSIA offsetting requirements, Monitoring, Review and Verification, emissions units, eligible fuels, in an effort to chart out sustainable pathways for the future of South Asian aviation.


Building on three years of successful cooperation with Sri Lanka, and as a prelude to the expected follow-up project in South Asia, the Project Office was officially inaugurated. The Project Office is hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and acts as a regional hub for project activities.

Project's representation at the Helicopter Safety Symposium in Nepal

The project in collaboration Mr. Sanjiv Gautam DG of CAAN with EASA represented by Mr Razee and Mr Legay, attended a Helicopter Aviation Safety Symposium which was organised for safety enhancement on Helicopter Operations in Nepal. 

Mr. Sanjiv Gautam DG of CAAN said " Helicopter Operation in Nepal is probably one of the toughest operations in the world due to multiple challenges posed by higher elevation, inhospitable terrain and difficult weather operations".  He further emphasises that " This effort of Airbus and EASA is really appreciated by us and we look forward to receiving such safety workshops in the coming days.

RSOO Feasibility Study: Kick-off

In collaboration with ICAO and COSCAP-SA, the project has commissioned a feasibility study to examine which form of Regional Safety Oversight Organisation (RSOO) would best serve South Asia once COSCAP-SA’s Phase V draws to a close. The team selected to undertake this study held its kick-off meeting on 4 June 2018, soon to be followed by a series of consultation sessions with each partner country. This is only the first step in six months’ work on the feasibility and potential benefits of enhancing regional cooperation.


The study will aim to support the South Asian countries by providing a clear, objective and open-minded assessment of all the different options available, drawing on the successes and collective experience of RSOOs in other world regions, in order to enable informed decision-making within the region. To this end, it will deliver a business case including a cost-benefit analysis, impact assessment and risk analysis for each option identified. The study is expected to be completed ahead of the next COSCAP-SA Steering Committee Meeting.

The schedule of consultation sessions is as follows:

  • 5 June 2018 Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • 7 June 2018 Karachi, Pakistan

  • 9 June Malé, Maldives

  • 11 June 2018 Delhi, India

  • 14 June 2018 Kathmandu, Nepal

  • 16 June 2018 Paro, Bhutan

  • 18 June 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka

2nd Management Board Meeting

7 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The Management Board of the EU-South Asia Aviation Partnership Project convened for its second meeting, hosted by the ICAO Asia and Pacific (APAC) Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand on 7 March 2018. The project also sponsored the 12th Steering Committee Meeting of the South Asia Regional Initiative (SARI), held the previous day at the same venue. The meetings drew Directors-General and high-level delegations from seven South Asian states, together with representatives from ICAO APAC and COSCAP-SA, showcasing EASA’s endeavours to work collaboratively with other actors towards a common goal – to enhance safety in a region whose traffic forecasts are the highest in global aviation.

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EASA International Cooperation Forum

19-20 October 2017, Cologne, Germany

The sixth EASA International Cooperation Forum took place to discuss common challenges and cutting-edge topics in aviation safety. 80 delegates from 40 authorities outside Europe, including 10 Regional Safety Oversight Organisations (RSOOs), attended from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania.

Mr Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, said, “The sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience has always been the enabling force behind aviation safety. We are very pleased to see such a wide range of countries and regional organisations represented at such high level.”


Mr Simon Li, Director General of CAD (Civil Aviation Department) Hong Kong provided the keynote speech at the event, which takes place at EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany.


The EASA International Cooperation Forum is an exclusive conference for aviation authorities and regional organisations alike who have adopted or who are interested in EASA rules and the regional approach.

In particular, this year’s forum covers subjects such as regional cooperation, enhancing the regulatory approach, technical assistance, organisational challenges, drones and cybersecurity. It builds upon the experience gained since the first such event in 2008 and the excellent record of cooperation between EASA and its partners worldwide.

The European Union and South Asia strengthen ties in civil aviation - Kick-off of a new technical cooperation project managed by EASA


The European Union (EU) and South Asian states celebrated the launch of a new project today 24 March 2017 to enhance their ties in civil aviation. This four-year project, managed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will enhance aviation safety, promote institutional and industrial links, and mitigate the environmental impact of aviation.

The project will be implemented with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It was officially launched at the occasion of the Global Aviation Safety forum on Regional Safety Oversight Organizations in Swaziland.

Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, said “South Asia has the highest forecast traffic growth of any region in the world over the next 20 years. Europe looks forward to partnering with South Asia to meet the opportunities and challenges this presents.”

The project will also promote technical cooperation at the regional level and enhance EU-South Asia policy dialogue. The €7.5 million project is funded by the European Union.

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This project is implemented by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency - EASA.