Latvian air traffic manager to get EU funding for control tower

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Latvian Air Traffic State JSC (Latvijas gaisa satiksme, LGS) will receive EUR 26,263 million from the European Union for the construction of an air traffic control tower, LGS said on December 22.

LGS said that on December 20 the Transport Committee for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) examined and submitted by the LGS a project with a co-financing of 50% or €26,263 million for improving and adapting air traffic infrastructure for dual uses, namely civilian and military purposes.

"The geopolitical situation in the wake of Russia's war in Ukraine created a need to actively develop and strengthen military capabilities, where aviation is one of the essential components. In the strictly regulated aviation sector, new requirements are increasingly being introduced, focusing mainly on increasing the safety level of air traffic management. Technical and technological development of infrastructure, including its adaptation for military purposes, is a prerequisite for increasing the level of safety," said Dāvids Tauriņš, Chairman of the LGS Board.

On May 12, 2022, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) launched a transport sector project competition for co-financing of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), on a special condition for adapting transport infrastructure to both civilian and military objectives.

LGS prepared an appropriate project application for “Riga Enhanced ATM Infrastructure Development” and submitted a draft application to CINEA after receiving the positive opinions of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Defense.

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