§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was achieved during Britain's presidency of Euro-Control.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
[holding answer 6 July 1989]: Under the United Kingdom's presidency in 1988, Euro-Control gained widespread backing as the key organisation for improving practical co-ordination and co-operation between Europe's national air traffic control authorities. A number of successful initiatives were pursued, including agreement on the urgent preparation of a plan to establish a centralised flow management system, the creation of a team to spearhead the removal of incompatibilities between national air traffic control systems in the short term, the approval of the first edition of the common medium-term plan for harmonising national systems, and the development of the PHARE programme for integrating research and development of future systems.