On December 13, 2017 the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Commission representatives signed Amendments to two US-EU agreements that will expand areas for joint efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management harmonization.

The Amendment related to air safety enhancement is focused on streamlined procedures, reduced costs by reducing duplication and leveraging resources. It includes the enabling of reciprocal acceptance finalization of Flight Simulator Training Devices and Pilot Licensing approvals, FAA points out in an official statement. FAA also points out that it also permits future collaboration in aircraft operations and air traffic safety oversight.

The second amendment is connected to collaboration with the air traffic management modernization. Both the US and the EU have ongoing air traffic technologies, standards and procedures modernization programs, like NextGen in the US and SESAR in the EU. “The expanded agreement will now cover the full life cycle of Air Traffic Management modernization activities from development to deployment” is also noted in the statement.

"Our collaboration remains vitally important for the safe and efficient movement of passengers and cargo on both sides of the Atlantic," said Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator. "Today's signing continues a deep commitment to cooperation and harmonization shared by America and the EU. In particular, I'd like to thank the European Commission and DG MOVE Director General Hololeifor his leadership in our joint collaborative efforts".

"The broadened scope of the two agreements we signed today confirms the strong commitment to continue to work together for the future of aviation safety—always the highest priority in our aviation agenda,” said Henrik Hololei, Director General of the European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport. “I would like to thank the FAA and in particular Administrator Huerta for the outstanding cooperation that has led us here today, and for the excellent work he has done all along his mandate in supporting a very close and fruitful cooperation with the EU".