Contribution Agreement for aviation partnership with LAC partner countries

EASA signed a Contribution Agreement with the European Commission in December 2021 to manage an EU Project to support the Civil Aviation Sector for Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC APP II).

This project is a continuation of a previous project – EU LAC APP I – financed by the EU and implemented by EASA between 2018 and May 2022.

Under EU-LAC APP I, the EU regulations and best practices were shared and technical trainings delivered in most fields of aviation safety (i.e., Rules development, Organisation, Flight Operations, Pilot Training with a special focus on Evidence Based Training (EBT), Fatigue Management, Airworthiness, Aerodrome certification, Air Traffic Management and Air Navigation Service Providers) Accident and Incident Investigation, Security and Environmental Protection (in particular on Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

A solid institutional platform and a continuous technical exchange through support and sharing of best practices with partners and industry was established under the first project (EU LAC APP I) on the above areas.

For this reason, a follow up project has been agreed and a contract between the European Commission, Foreign Policy Instrument, and EASA was signed in December 2021 aiming at: 

  • Strengthening institutional relations, deepening dialogue and cooperation between aviation authorities, encouraging regional cooperation and supporting implementation of aviation agreements 
  • Promoting industrial exchanges
  • Increasing mutual awareness of aviation best practices, promoting EU standards, raising environmental protection efforts, and encouraging climate action. 

The new project will run from the 1 June 2022, for a duration of 36 months, until the 31 May 2025. It is funded by the European Union with €4,000,000.

The activities will be conducted with the following project partners:

  • At bilateral level:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama*, Dominican Republic*.
*new in EU LAC APP II

  • At regional level:

SRVSOP – Sistema Regional de Vigilancia de la Seguridad Operacional (Safety Oversight Regional System) grouping Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela;

ACSA – Agencia Centroamericana de Seguridad Aerea (Central American Aviation Safety Agency) grouping Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua;

CASSOS – Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System. Member States are Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS);

CLAC – Latin America and Caribbean Civil Aviation Commission, Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela.