Belgocontrol must be sure that its operational and technical personnel has and keeps at all times a sufficient knowledge and command of the services it supports, as well as of the immediate and potential effects of its intervention on the safety of its services. Moreover the company will ensure that its personnel has the required licence if need be. as well as of the immediate and potential effects of its intervention on the safety of its services.
The European Parliament and the Council adopted Directive 2006/23/EC of April 5th 2006 aiming to introduce a Community air traffic controller licence. This directive is part of the implementing rules of the ‘Single European' package. It contributes to the safety and quality of air traffic control services, particularly for cross-border service provision. The objective is to enable the necessary harmonisation of the current patchwork of national licensing schemes.
The directive harmonises the licensing system of air traffic controllers by defining professional competences, introducing linguistic and medical requirements and by setting up common standards for the controllers' training. The community licence also enables the mobility of personnel across Europe and facilitates the organisation of cross-border service provision as well as the establishment of functional airspace blocks (FAB).
Every link of the licensing chain is regulated: the institutional framework, the conditions for access to the profession, training standards appropriate to the complex and dense European air traffic environment, including linguistic and medical requirements.
Directive 2006/23/EC was translated into Belgian law by a Royal Decree issued on June 4th 2008 in the Moniteur belge.