The arrangement set harmonised procedures for overflights and landings and enables Member States to operate without the need to submit diplomatic clearances requests for each flight. Since then, the DIC arrangement is used by Member States’ Armed
Forces countless times, day in day out. And it has, and still is, benefitting CSDP missions and operations as well, even though the DIC TA usage for national and international missions is difficult to trace back.
“Though it is not possible for us to track and record every DIC TA-enabled flight that Member States have made as part of a national or international mission, we can easily state that so far, some ten thousand flights have benefitted from the DIC
TA, and numerous of them were carried out as part of a CSDP missions and/or operations”, says Gerd Schwiedessen, EDA’s Project Officer Aviation. Such arrangements are important “force multipliers” that help to make sure troops
and military equipment can be moved across Europe with very short or even no lead time at all, he stresses.
In 2021, 25 Member States (as well as Norway) developed two additional Technical Arrangements to optimise surface and air cross-border movement permission (CBMP) procedures, including to provide adequate and effective solutions for the transport of dangerous
goods in the military domain. The air arrangement (currently AT, BE, CY, EL, ES, FI, HR, IT, LT, LU, LV, NO,PL, PT, RO, with more Member States in staffing) of these two now complements the DIC TA to cover all other fixed and rotary wing platforms’
movements. Individual and in combination, these arrangements also contribute to moving European NATO forces.
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