Contribution Agreement to set-up aviation partnership programmes to strengthen cooperation with North Asian countries

The EU-Japan Aviation Partnership Project (APP) has started on 20 June 2023 following the signature of the Letter of Intent (LoI) between EASA and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). The project forms part of an EU-funded programme, running until 31 March 2024, which aims at enhancing the partnership between the EU and North Asian countries in the domain of civil aviation.

Managed by EASA together with JCAB, the project will work in close cooperation with European industry, EU level organisations and EU National Aviation Authorities to exchange aviation expertise and to update on the latest aviation trends and technologies.

The Cooperation will comprise various domains of aviation safety with the following main objectives:

  • strengthen institutional relations, deepen dialogue and cooperation between aviation authorities, encourage regional cooperation and support implementation of aviation agreements;
  • increase mutual awareness of aviation safety best practices, promote EU standards, raise environmental protection efforts and encourage climate actions; and
  • facilitate access for EU industry to a growing market.


The FPI (the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments) has tasked EASA through a new Contribution Agreement to set up aviation partnership projects to strengthen cooperation with North Asian partner countries. The overall programme budget is €7,000,000.

Japan has an aviation industry of similar proportional size to its economy like Europe and a mature stage of development, which presents a good base for expanding cooperation initiatives between European and Japanese authorities as well as industry partners.