Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kind of information is provided in the LSSIP Level 1 – Implementation overview document?

The LSSIP Level 1 – Implementation Overview document provides an overview of how ATM is organised institutionally within the State, with the associated responsibilities, the organisation and classification of the airspace, the ongoing local and FAB/regional projects which contribute to ATM performance and the air traffic forecast and capacity needs to cope with the traffic, together with the core of the document, which is an overview at State and stakeholder level of progress in the implementation of all implementation objectives as set out in the Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan.

What kind of information is provided in the LSSIP Level 2 – Detailed Implementation Status document?

The LSSIP Level 2 - Detailed Implementation Status document provides a detailed report (at the level of stakeholder lines of action, SLoAs)  of the progress made by the State and all stakeholders concerned in the implementation of all implementation objectives. This document is not printed, but is available as a soft copy together with the LSSIP Level 1 document. The Level 2 information is accessible to LSSIP contact person and stakeholders via a secure online space (SharePoint).

How can a reader easily compare progress across the ECAC area in any implementation objective?

This can be done by means of the MP Level 3 Implementation Report using the LSSIP MapTool  or via the European ATM Portal.

How can I find out more about the methodology used by the States/stakeholders to determine progress in the implementation objectives?

Each Implementation Objective is divided into Stakeholder Lines of Action (SLoAs) which translate it into concrete actions. Each SLoA is based on a number of checkpoints that once implemented will contribute with a determined percentage for the global implementation of the objective. For more information, you can consult the methodology used on our LSSIP dedicated page.

How is the LSSIP information used?

The information provided in the LSSIP documents is primarily used to produce the annual Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Progress Report, which gives a global picture of progress in the implementation objectives at the pan-European level. There are, however, many other users and uses of the LSSIP information: 

  • it is used to carry out GANP ASBU monitoring for ICAO, thus ensuring that there is no double reporting for ECAC States;
  • the LSSIP itself is a comprehensive document not only showing progress in the implementation objectives but also providing other information relating to ATM, in each of the ECAC States and Israel;
  • the LSSIP process is also used to transmit specific information from stakeholders to other European and international organisations like EDA, NATO, EASA, SJU and the European Commission.
How is the MPL3 Plan and Progress Report made – i.e. who is responsible for it?

The MPL3 Implementation Plan and the MPL3 Progress Report, form together the Level 3 of the Master Plan, providing its implementation view. As such the responsibility for their development falls within a dedicated SESAR2020 Project (PJ20 - Master Plan Maintenance), more precisely, the Work Package 2.5 in charge of Planning and Monitoring. Both documents are updated every year as follows:

  • the Level 3 Implementation Plan, describes the Implementation Objectives and related Stakeholders Lines of Action stemming from the analysis of Deployment Scenarios and of the SESAR Solutions, ensuring full coordination with the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) for the mutual alignment with the Deployment Programme. The Implementation Plan represents a common implementation reference, ensuring the link between development and deployment phases;
  • the Level 3 Implementation Progress Report, using in particular the information coming from LSSIP process and other complementary, traceable sources (e.g. PRISME for air fleet, Manufacturers information on availability of parts and systems where possible, etc.), provides a complete ECAC-wide view on the status of progress of all the elements present in the Implementation Plan.
How is the progress of the implementation objectives monitored and reported by the States/stakeholders via the LSSIP process?

The States and/or stakeholders provide a concise and comprehensive statement of their progress on each implementation objective and a comparison with the description of the objective, the finalisation criteria and the overall European planning via the web-based interface of the LSSIP database. This information is challenged, initially by the Agency Contact Person (in DECMA/ACS/PRM) and subsequently during an in-cycle check (in January) by the Agency Objective Coordinators (in DECMA/ACS/PRM) and Owners (all through the Agency), so as to ensure that the reported information is factually correct and up to date.

How many LSSIP documents are released and published?

There are 43 documents in total, 41 released by ECAC states and one by the EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Control Centre. Since June 2018 one document is also released by Israel. All of these are published on the EUROCONTROL public website every year when they are signed by the relevant national authorities.

How to join the applicability area of an implementation objective?

Those States/national stakeholders which do not yet fall within the applicability area of an implementation objective and which would like to do so are invited to:

  • make a written request to join (or be removed from) the applicability area of a particular implementation objective, expressly stating their commitment to implement the content of the objective content and to report on the progress of the actions defined in the objective. Note: If the applicability area of an objective reflects regulatory requirements, the States/stakeholders bound by these regulatory requirements cannot opt out from the applicability area;
  • the written request should be sent by the State LSSIP Focal Point;
  • send the signed request to EUROCONTROL either in the form of a letter sent by normal post by e-mail to: Danny Debals. If this is not done, the progress status for each implementation objective, as reported in the individual signed LSSIP documents, will be considered an official declaration by the State and service provider(s), which will thus determine the applicability area of each implementation objective.

Once this has been done, the State/national ANS provider will be integrated into the applicability area of the objective(s) for the forthcoming cycle.

Is the LSSIP document signed by each stakeholder’s representative?

Depending on the organisation of the LSSIP process in each State, there are two types of solutions: in majority of the cases it is signed by each stakeholder’s representative (CEA or the Director General), but also more and more often we observe that States decide to have only the regulator to sign the document on behalf of all other (national) stakeholders.

Is the LSSIP information reviewed/challenged by anyone?

Yes, the information provided by States/stakeholders in their LSSIPs is reviewed by DECMA/ACS/PRM Contact Persons, by the DECMA/ACS/PRM Objective Coordinators and the by the Agency’s Objective Owners, in addition to the reviews carried out internally within the States.

Is there any codification which can give a simple indication of progress in an implementation objective?

Yes, there is a set of colour-codes for progress predetermined in the LSSIP database and the States/stakeholders can select the one which best matches the progress noted in the statement and the planned completion date, i.e. 

  • Not Applicable,
  • Not Planned,
  • Late,
  • Planned,
  • Ongoing and
  • Completed, etc.

In addition, a percentage of completion is included in the LSSIP showing the rate of completion.

What is the basis of the LSSIP process?

Article 1.1d of the EUROCONTROL Revised Convention requires that in order to achieve harmonisation and integration with the aim of establishing a uniform ATM system, the Contracting Parties agree to strengthen their cooperation. To this end they agree to implement a common convergence and implementation plan for air navigation services and facilities in Europe. This has been further acknowledged at various Provisional Council meetings, and is also part of the Council paper. It is recognised as the unique reporting process for the European ATM Master Plan Level 3.

What is the link between LSSIP and the European ATM Master Plan?

The European ATM Master Plan (MP) has three levels, with Level 3 being the implementation level. This level comprises the MP Level 3 Implementation Plan (formerly known as the ESSIP Plan) and the MP Level 3 Implementation Progress Report (formerly known as the ESSIP Report). The LSSIP process is the main contributor to the development of the MPL3.

When is the deadline for the LSSIP Document to be released and published at the Web Site?

The agreed deadline for the release and further publication of the LSSIP document is 31 March of each year.

Which State ATM stakeholders report via the LSSIP document?

The following stakeholders report via the LSSIP document:

  • regulators/NSAs,
  • ANSPs,
  • airports and
  • military stakeholders.
Who are the potential LSSIP document users?

Amongst others, the personnel concerned with the planning and development at the ATM stakeholders within the State, the EUROCONTROL experts involved in providing support to the States and national stakeholders, the experts of other European ATM organisations which monitor the progress of States/stakeholders in the implementation of various projects/programmes which fall within the scope of the implementation objectives, etc. There are, however, known to be other users, as the (Level 1) LSSIP documents are freely available on the EUROCONTROL website.

Who can access the restricted area of Level 2 and the tools?

All organisations and individuals on the AAB Member list and all EUROCONTROL staff have access to the restricted areas. AAB members and national focal points should log in using the userid/password given to them. Agency staff log in using the userid/password which they normally use to access a public site.

Note that only some of the LSSIP information (the detailed information on the implementation of the ESSIP objectives in “Level 2” and the LSSIP Tools) is on the restricted website. All other information is public.