SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking appoints new Executive Director

The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (SESAR 3 JU) is pleased to announce that Andreas Boschen is its new Executive Director. Boschen’s appointment comes at a critical time as the new partnership embarks on its ambitious research and innovation agenda to adapt Europe’s aviation infrastructure to the digital age and achieve the sector’s net zero ambitions.

A European Commission official, Andreas Boschen has actively shaped policy and followed legislation on aviation, specifically the Single European Sky, developing implementing rules, managing the Single Sky Committee and coordinating relations with Eurocontrol and third countries. For the past eight years, he has managed EU financial support for the deployment of SESAR solutions through the Connecting Europe Facility. This combined knowledge of political, regulatory and sectoral priorities, as well as program and project implementation, will be essential as the partnership aims to accelerate the establishment of an inclusive, resilient European digital sky by 2030. and sustainable.

“After a thorough recruitment process involving many strong candidates, the SESAR 3 JU Board of Directors has chosen the best person for the position of new Executive Director of SESAR 3 JU. He will lead and drive its ambitious program for the future. Europe must accelerate the pace of innovation and ensure faster deployment of solutions to make aviation more digitalised, smarter and more sustainable.I am convinced that Andreas Boschen has the experience, the state of ‘spirit, vision and know-how to accelerate the digital transformation of European air traffic management’, said Henrik Hololei, Director General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) at the European Commission and Chairman of the Board of the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking.

Beginning his professional career as a diplomat in Germany responsible for European affairs, Boschen joined the General Secretariat of the European Commission in 1998 to manage relations between the European Commission, Parliament, Council and other bodies. He then joined DG MOVE where he held several notable positions, including Policy Officer for the Single European Sky, Policy Officer for Maritime Security and Assistant to the Director General of DG MOVE. Since 2014, Boschen has headed the Connecting Europe Facility department of the Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), where he manages EU financial support for infrastructure projects in the fields of transport and energy.

Commenting on his appointment, Boschen said: “I am deeply honored to have been chosen to lead the SESAR 3 JU partnership at this important moment in European aviation. We need to come up with solutions to make air traffic management in Europe environmentally sustainable and fit for the future. This is the vision of the European Digital Sky; I look forward to working with our members and partners to make this a reality.

Boschen’s appointment will take effect after completion of the necessary administrative procedures.

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