Conflict Zone Alerting System
The objective of the alerting system is to join up available information and intelligence sources, and conflict zone risk assessment capabilities, in order to enable the publication in a timely manner of information and recommendations on conflict zone risks, for the benefit of all European Member States, operators and passengers. It complements national infrastructure mechanisms when they exist, by adding, when possible, a European level common risk picture and corresponding recommendations.
Two important enablers of this Alerting System are:
- the “common EU risk assessment process” facilitated by the European Commission with the support of Member States. The Commission (DG HOME) organises regular meetings, at least on a quarterly basis with DG MOVE, European External Action Service (EEAS), EASA and Member States in order to elaborate common EU risk assessments on conflict zones. The so-called “Integrated European Aviation Security Risk Assessment Group” has developed a risk assessment methodology, shares confidential threat and risks information and assesses every airspace of concern until reaching a consensus on the risk level to adopt.
- the role to be played by the “Conflict Zones Network of Focal Points” so called RCZ Network. The RCZ Network is composed of focal points from European Commission (DG HOME and DG MOVE), EEAS (Intelligence and Situation Centre), EASA and focal points designated by the EASA Member States and United Kingdom who are willing to contribute. This Network serves as a platform for sharing information on conflict zones and for consultation on draft EASA conflict zones publications (so called CZIB: ‘Conflict Zones Information Bulletins) or EASA Information Notes (shared on the ‘need-to-know’ principle only).
The EU Conflict Zone Alerting System and particularly the ‘Integrated EU Aviation Security Risk Assessment Group’ is supported by the ‘European Information Sharing and Cooperation Platform on Conflict Zones’.
Role of EASA
EASA acts as coordinating entity for activities not directly under Member States or European Commission responsibility and initiates the drafting, consultation and publication of Conflict Zone Information Bulletins or EASA Information Notes both in cases of availability and unavailability of a common EU risk assessment.
EASA acts also as the Administrator of the European Information Sharing and Cooperation Platform on Conflict Zones.
Publication of Conflict Zone Information Bulletins (CZIBs)
In case of availability of a common EU risk assessment when a “high” risk level has been concluded, EASA will initiate the drafting of a CZIB which, in some cases, may contain an operational recommendation. Such recommendations are non-mandatory and do not constitute flight prohibitions.
In case of availability of a common EU risk assessment when a risk level lower than high has been concluded, the drafting of a CZIB highlighting the availability of national publications, when there are some, could be considered.
For circumstances that may require a rapid reaction, available information will only be shared on the ‘Need-to-know’ principle within the RCZ Network, and in coordination with the European Commission.
Conflict Zone Information Bulletin
A Conflict Zone Information Bulletin (CZIB) is a bulletin which can convey information or recommendations regarding Risks to civil aviation arising from Conflict Zones (RCZ).
All published Safety Information Bulletins (SIB) informing about risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones remain valid, unless replaced by a CZIB affecting the same geographical area or Flight Information Region (FIR).
All information on the Conflict Zone Information Bulletin webpage is for general information purposes only, as similarly stated in the CZIB publications.
Information provided on the webpage should not be considered as the sole source of relevant information and should be used in conjunction with other relevant information, and in particular information issued by States.
Any inquiries regarding the Conflict Zone Information Bulletins, please use the CZIB contact us webform.