ATCEUC was created in 1989 as it became obvious that whatever the needs, the solution would have to take into account the fact that ATM is a completely integrated system. That integration meant and still means that future necessary evolutions would have to be designed at European, or even global level.

In order to meet those international challenges, throughout Europe, ATCOs' Unions decided to pool the resources of their respective memberships with the aim to promote the views of its members at the European level, to take full advantage of ATCOs' expertise with regard to both technical and social issues.

Currently, ATCEUC is composed of 33 professional and autonomous Trade Unions representing more than 14000 Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel (ATSEPs) throughout Europe.

  • ATCTUA (Ukraine)
  • ATCU (Serbia and Montenegro)
  • ATSR (Romania)
  • BATCU (Bulgaria)
  • BHATCU (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • BGATC (Belgium)
  • CACTU (Croatia)
  • CYATCU (Cyprus)
  • DATCA (Denmark)
  • FAST CONFSAL – AV (Italy)
  • FATCA (Finland)
  • GATCA (Greece)
  • GdF (Germany)
  • GLCCA (Luxembourg)
  • HELVETICA (Switzerland)
  • IACTA - ATC Branch of Fòrsa (Ireland)
  • ICEATCA (Iceland)
  • ITUATC (Serbia)
  • LACA (Luxembourg)
  • LATCA (Lithuania)
  • MATCA (Malta)
  • MATCU (Rep. of North Macedonia)
  • NATCA (Norway)
  • SINCTA (Portugal)
  • SNCTA (France)
  • SPKTA (Albania)
  • SSKL (Slovenia)
  • TUEM (Eurocontrol Maastricht)
  • UNICON (Kosovo)
  • USCA (Spain)
  • VLNG (The Netherlands)
  • ZZKRL (Poland)

All ATCEUC representatives are operational workers. They are not paid; they do not get any personal advantages for their work. They work for ATCEUC during their free time and when the meetings are over, they get back to their profession. It ensures a maximum level of coherence and understanding of professional issues. It also warrants a perfect transparency in whatever issue is at stake.
The position of the Air Traffic Controllers and the Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel gives them a very clear and precise overview of what needs to change and evolve in the ATM system. Today ATCEUC grants ATCOs and ATSEPs access to all the information available at European level and to all the European institutions.
Our Work
ATCEUC is part of the 'European Union Sectoral Social Dialogue - Civil Aviation' in the air traffic management field and it is recognized as a full member of the ICB. Through CESI, the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions, it is recognized as a Social Partner at the highest European level and has direct liaisons with the European Commissioners and the Members of the European Parliament, advising them on the main themes affecting the ATM world and its Professionals.

ATCEUC with its experts participates in every work group where the voice of its Members can and has to be expressed: SESAR JU, TSG, EGHD, EASA TEC, EASC, ASPReT, ATM Partners and other workshops or programs within the framework of EUROCONTROL and the European Commission.

ATCEUC has always relied on cooperation with other European bodies. Together with CANSO (the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization) and ETF (the European Transport Workers’ Federation) ATCEUC has published in 2015 the 'Toolbox for Successful Social Dialogue in Air Traffic Management' as a possible model on how relations among Social Partners should be held. This close cooperation has continued and in 2018 several joint documents were officially delivered, among which the “ATM Partners Just Culture Toolbox”, co-authored with CANSO, ETF, IFATCA (the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations), IFATSEA (the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations) and IFAIMA (the International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations), a set of guiding principles that are universal and not limited to the aviation domain but to all the High-Consequence industries and the guide “Change Management in the ATM Industry - Principles and Process” written with CANSO and ETF to offer advice on best practices to assist in the management of significant change processes.

ATCEUC works closely with IFATCA and IFATSEA and shall endeavour to increase and improve this cooperation in order to use the respective strengths as advantageously as possible. ATCEUC will continue to use all the means at its disposal to express its concerns and to voice its opinions. It has published position papers and press communiqués on a range of specific topics.
We aim to
Put forward the views of European ATCOs and ATSEPs in an honest and non-political manner whenever our expertise might be useful; make sure that ATCOs and ATSEPs are involved in the definition of the European ATM system and kept informed on upcoming developments so as to meet the challenges that the ever-growing traffic demand is imposing. ATCEUC is an organization composed of member Unions with strong technical expertise. All our members are operational staff and we believe in a pragmatic approach, relying on pro-active propositions rather than defensive reactions.
Our organisation
ATCEUC is an organization directed by an Executive Board elected by the Member Unions. Each EB Officer speaks on behalf of our Members and has a specific mandate to do so; EB Officers are elected on a two-year basis and their actions are reviewed twice a year by a plenary meeting. During these meetings, the policies of ATCEUC are decided, and actions and targets are set. The Executive Board of ATCEUC usually meets 4 times a year to decide on how to implement the policies of ATCEUC. In doing so, ATCEUC is able to react adequately to changing circumstances and latest developments. This regular surveillance and discipline ensures that the decisions taken by the board are fully supported by all our Members.