The BLUE MED FAB project - coordinated by ENAV - is the European central/south-eastern FAB initiative. It represents the natural European gate dedicated to air traffic flows coming from Africa and the Middle-East, namely among the regions with the prospective fast growing trend in the next future.
The BLUE MED FAB, whose partners are the EU Member States of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, is open to the participation of other States which are interested in cooperating in a wide range of activities, allowing them to reap the full benefits of the integration of operational and technical solutions developed in the Mediterranean area. Contacts are ongoing with some countries in the Mediterranean basin. In 2013, the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the BLUE MED FAB for its involvement in the initiative.
The activities in the BLUE MED FAB are coordinated by ENAV, which constantly supports ENAC (designated by the Italian State as a member of the Governing Board of the BLUE MED FAB) in the decision-making processes, defining the detailed activities.
ENAV in the FAB defines the technological and operational needs of the Company, supports the civil-military cooperation processes among the Member States and acts, on behalf of the FAB, as interface with the European institutions that supervise and periodically monitor the activities of FABs.
Among the different initiatives carried out by ENAV, in coordination with the other partners of the FAB, the BLUE MED FAB Implementation Programme (BM-IP) is of particular importance. The BM-IP is the reference document for all the activities carried out in the Functional Airspace Block.
The Implementation Programme is structured into different areas of development, which cover all the topics of interest, going from operational, technical and performance aspects to those of civil-military cooperation and collaboration among the NSAs of the area. In this phase (and ever increasingly in the future) the Implementation Programme is aligned with the activities related to the implementation of the SESAR Projects in order to ensure the full implementation of the EU regulation. The implementation of the programme will bring a radical change in the Mediterranean area and will allow a concrete step towards integrated, efficient and flexible air traffic management, bringing about fundamental competitive advantages for the regional stakeholders, above all the ANSPs, as well as essential benefits for the users (increase in the efficiency of services, reduction of delays and costs, mitigation of the environmental impact of operations and improvement of safety levels).
The BLUE MED FAB therefore presents itself as an important platform for ENAV activities in the Mediterranean basin, allowing the company to be accredited by the major ANSPs in the Mediterranean area as a player of absolute value and excellence at global level, facilitating the transfer of services, activities and initiatives with a high technological content.