On 17 July Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Eligijus Masiulis and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland Janusz Skolimowski signed an Agreement on the Baltic Functional Airspace Block (FAB) Establishment between the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Poland.
It was the culmination of a long process that both states had gone through while implementing the European Parliament and Council Regulation obligating the EU states to join in at least one FAB with another European state by the 4th of December 2012. The objective of the project is to enhance safety, effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the use of airspace.
In experts’ estimation, alongside with Lithuania and Poland, the Baltic FAB could also include non-EU states like Ukraine and Belarus. Especially important to improvement of air traffic control would be the Kaliningrad Region’s (Russia) participation in the project.
The intergovernmental agreement was worked out by specialists of the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Polish Ministry of Transport, specialists of the Ministries of National Defence and the Civil Aviation Authorities as well as by representatives of both states’ Air Navigation Service Providers”: SE Oro navigacija and PANSA.