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Field Operations Section

Europe and Middle East

FEM Section serves 51 countries in the European and Middle East regions by assisting in the development of safe, efficient and economical civil aviation services.

The major areas where the Section cooperates with Civil Aviation Authorities/Administrations (CAA) are:

  • Upgrade the safety oversight capabilities in the countries and address the deficiencies found and the recommendations formulated during the Safety Oversight Audit missions (Greece, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, CIS countries, etc.)
  • Assist the countries in the procurement of civil aviation safety and security related equipment for airports and training institutions (Syria, Egypt, Lithuania, Lebanon, etc.)
  • Upgrade the aviation security systems and procedures (Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, Morocco, Tunisia, etc.)
  • Restructure CAA and assist in managing civil aviation related activities (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia, etc.)
  • Introduction of new technology, i.e. CNS/ATM, computerization at CAA, etc.
  • Training of national staff through the introduction of Trainair methodology (Jordan, Morocco, Latvia, Ukraine, etc.) or in civil aviation training institutions abroad.

The programme of the Section is developing dynamically:

1998 - US$ 6.0 million
1999 - US$ 5.3 million
2000 - US$ 7.4 million
2001 - US$17.9 million (expected implementation)

Major sources of financing:

  • Governments;
  • Third party or financial institutions; and
  • UNDP

What does the Section do?

  • Identifies problem areas in association with CAA or other Government authorities;
  • Prepares project documents in coordination with CAA ;
  • Implements projects in compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) ;
  • Participates in acceptance of major equipment procurements at the factory and onsite; and
  • Performs other activities which are aimed to streamline and to simplify the implementation of the projects to the benefit of civil aviation development.

More detailed and specific information may be obtained from:

Mr. Maher N. Matta
Chief, Field Operations
Europe and Middle East Section
Tel.: +1 (514) 954-6766
Fax: +1 (514) 954-6077
+1 (514) 954-6287
e-mail: mmatta@icao.int

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