This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 4 September 2016 at the very latest. The Performance Scheme is a key element of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative. The SES performance scheme, which was first introduced in 2009, sets Union-wide performance targets binding on Member States as of 2012 at local and regional level for fixed reference periods of 3 – 5 years in four key performance areas (KPAs): safety, environment (flight efficiency), capacity (delay) and cost-efficiency. The scheme aims to deliver better air navigation services (ANS), leading to more direct routes, fewer delays, and the saving of unnecessary costs for airspace users and passengers while maintaining or improving existing high levels of safety. The costs of ANS, including Eurocontrol costs and national oversight costs are paid by airspace users through user charges. The SES performance scheme is therefore closely linked to the SES charging scheme, which regulates the calculation of user charges on the basis of the cost-efficiency performance targets.
Source: European Commission