Patrick Ky, Executive Director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Jean-Marc Cluzeau, Principal Advisor to the Executive Director at EASA, met with Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) and members of his team in Valenciennes, France, for the signature of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC).

The MoC promotes cooperation and establishes a regular structured dialogue between the agencies, enhancing the sharing of information, knowledge and experience in three core areas of cooperation.

Core areas of cooperation refer to three essential domains including European Co-ordination centre for Accident and Incident Reporting Systems (ECCAIRS); big data; and sustainability.

EASA’s Geert Kinders, Léopold Viroles and Dietmar Bloemen, respectively Points of Contact for the three core areas, participated remotely to the meeting for a joint presentation with their ERA counterparts on the progress made so far.

Ky and Doppelbauer congratulated the participants for the work done and discussed the perspectives and expected benefit of future work on cooperation. They agreed to meet again within one year in Cologne for a progress review meeting.