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The Baltic FAB Board meeting was held on 10-11 June, 2019 in Vilnius (Lithuania). The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Łukasz Chaberski, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Poland  and Mr. Vilius Veitas, Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania. The Board meeting was attended by the representatives of Ministries of Defence, National Supervisory Authorities and Air Navigation Service Providers of the Baltic FAB States.
The Board meeting agenda covered organisational matters, in particular the update of Committees representatives and their meeting schedule, status and implementation of Council and Board decisions, progress reports of NSAs and Management Office, Baltic FAB activities at World ATM Congress 2019 and inter-FAB collaboration.
A specific attention was given to the Study on the Common Charging Zone, that Baltic FAB may use in a course of discussion with the European Commission or other EU or national institutions and the changes to the EU regulations on Performance and Charging Schemes for RP3. The Study was conducted by Baltic FAB Strategy, Economic and Performance Committee. The results of the Study indicated that having Common Charging Zone benefits would be rather small: similar unit rate for Poland and Lithuania and short common border - relatively little traffic would be tempted to divert out of Lithuanian airspace into Polish to benefit from the lower unit rate. Therefore, based on the results of the Study the Board Members concluded that establishing a common charging zone with a single unit rate would not be pursued as priority issue, however, the idea might be reconsidered following further expansion of the scope of the FAB or more rapid progress towards institutional change.
The Baltic FAB Board Members had a good discussions and agreements  about how to further deepen cooperation within Baltic FAB. The cooperation on Traffic Complexity Tool project was presented. The main objective of the project is to introduce a new technology to monitor, manage and evaluate information processed through all the ATFCM phases by the open, modular and extensive tool. The tool itself will be deployed by PANSA and Oro navigacija to integrate data transfer and processing with the Network Manager and other operational stakeholders.
Extensive discussions were held on the modernisation of Air Traffic Management services and the upcoming regulatory and technological challenges that the European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) will face in the future. The Baltic FAB Management Office presented initial idea of Baltic FAB participation in SESAR Very Large Demonstrations 5 – virtual centres (VLD5) project. The main benefits expected from the Virtual Centre approach are cost reduction and more flexibility to support load-balancing between the participating ATSUs or manage contingency situations.

The next Baltic FAB Board is planned in Poland at the end of 2019.