Civil-Military working arrangements

We, in the EUROCONTROL/Civil-Military ATM Coordination (CMAC) Division, support the following three working arrangements:

  • the Civil-Military Interface Standing Committee;
  • the Military Air Traffic Management (ATM) Board; and
  • the Military Harmonisation Group.

Role and composition of each body

Civil-Military Interface Standing Committee

The Civil-Military Interface Standing Committee (CMIC) was created in 1997 to provide a viable high-level platform for civil-military ATM coordination within the Organisation. The CMIC is a statutory body supporting the EUROCONTROL Provisional Council.

With its high-level civil and military officials of the Member States, the CMIC provides advice to the Council on civil-military interface issues and ensures that the requirements of civil and military users of ATM/CNS are met in a balanced way with due regard to national security and defence interests as defined at political level. Furthermore, the CMIC has the right to initiate any issues it wishes to deal with and to address such issues to the Council.  It also has the right to establish sub-groups to examine any issues in the civil-military interface.

It is composed of civil and military representatives at senior executive level. It meets twice a year and its sessions are synchronised with those of the Provisional Council.

More information is available under the CMIC “Terms of Reference” and “Rules of Purpose” (see “Related links”).

Military ATM Board

The Military ATM Board (MAB) was created in 2007 by the EUROCONTROL Provisional Council to adapt and improve governance arrangements for military-military ATM coordination and cooperation. It also coordinates the involvement of military State authorities in ATM planning and decision-making processes in the best sense of civil-military ATM Performance Partnership.

As military focal point for relevant ATM/Communication Navigation Surveillance (CNS) matters, the MAB delivers harmonised and State-agreed European military positions as a basis for further civil-military coordination, also within relevant European organisations/institutions (e.g. European Union/European Commission, European Aviation Safety Agency and SESAR-Joint Undertaking).

In this context, the MAB:

  • provides harmonised guidance agreed at the level of the States’ military authorities to all military actors in ATM/CNS;
  • establishes effective military-military coordination with the aim of facilitating subsequent civil-military collaborative decisions;
  • supports the Network Manager in coordination with the relevant European and international bodies (e.g. North Atlantic Treaty Organization);
  • provides the Director General and Provisional Council with advice on military issues.

It provides military representation in the following fora:

  • EUROCONTROL Provisional Council (PC);
  • Provisional Council Coordinating Committee (PCC);
  • Network Management Board (see “Related links” for more information);
  • Network Directorate of Operations (NDOP - see “Related links” for more information);
  • Air Navigation Service Board (ANSB);
  • EUROCONTROL Agency Advisory Board (AAB); and
  • SESAR Joint Undertaking Administrative Board (SJU AB)

The MAB is composed of military ATM Directors. It meets twice a year and its sessions are synchronised with those of the Provisional Council.
More information is available in the MAB “Terms of Reference” and “Rules of Procedure” (see “Related links”).

Military Harmonisation Group

A large part of the work of MILHAG is now devoted to contributing to Single European Sky developments, notably the concept of Functional Airspace Blocks (see “Related links” for more information).

MILHAG has initiated work in areas such as the harmonisation of military air traffic, the future military airspace requirements in Europe, etc.


The role of the Military Harmonisation Group (MILHAG) is twofold:

  • to provide advice to the MAB;
  • to serve as a stakeholder sounding board for the (CMAC) Division on relevant issues identified by the latter.

In order to live up to its role as advisory body to the MAB, MILHAG usually meets well ahead of the latter to discuss issues that will be submitted to the MAB and prepare advice for the Military ATM Directors represented on the MAB. To this end, MILHAG usually meets in a more restricted circle comprising members available on site in Brussels. Generally, however, these sounding board meetings are open to all MILHAG members, and those not present are invited by correspondence to comment on any conclusions reached.

The Military Harmonisation Group (MILHAG) is composed of senior military experts from the Member States; Military representatives of interested non-Member States and organisations may also attend as observers.

More information is available in the MILHAG “Terms of Reference” and “Rules of Purpose” (see “Related links”).

CMIC Secretariat

We at EUROCONTROL/CMAC Division provide secretarial support to these bodies.

In close cooperation with the CMIC Chair and Vice-Chair, the Secretariat is responsible for coordinating the CMIC work programme and drafting the agenda, working papers, conclusions and minutes. This implies coordination with other EUROCONTROL units/programmes and external speakers.

Working papers are available on “OneSky Online”, our extranet, where CMIC members and registered observers can download them.

Michael Steinfurth

Head of Civil-Military ATM Coordination Division
+ 32 2 729 46 49

CMIC Secretariat

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