In order to increase the mutual understanding between the DANUBE FAB Social Partners and their respective national member organisations, the members of the SCF convened online for their 16th meeting on 19th May 2021. The aim of the meeting was to discuss and give opinions on the current strategic actions taken by DANUBE FAB, as well as the technical and regulatory changes that have occurred at a European level since the last meeting.
The staff representatives were informed of the outcomes of the Strategic Programme, Annual Plan and Annual Report documents which were adopted by the Governing Council at its last meeting. Following this, BULATSA and ROMATSA representatives focused on other ongoing initiatives, in particular, those which will have significant positive impacts long into the future, such as the Strategic Impact Study.
Regarding specific progress made by DANUBE FAB, attendees were informed of the status of procurements and the progress made on the FAB’s High Priority Projects. A number of successes were highlighted in relation to these projects, despite the challenging landscape, with attendees informed that on 27th January 2021, Slovakia joined SEE FRA and talks were already ongoing for the further extension of SEE FRA to other neighbouring countries. In addition, attendees were informed of the completion of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Data Link Services (DLS) above FL285 projects.
Finally, InterFAB coordination was discussed. Whilst several meetings and workshops have occurred since SCF/15 a future InterFAB Research Workshop is expected to be hosted by DANUBE FAB in late 2022 in Sofia.
The next DANUBE FAB social consultation will be organized in Autumn 2021.