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Salvatore Sciacchitano of Italy becomes first European President of the ICAO Council

The Board of Directors of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada, its members and team extend their congratulations to Mr. Salvatore Sciacchitano, the newly elected President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council.

Mr. Sciacchitano’s candidacy had been endorsed by the 44 General Directors of the European Civil Aviation Conference.

His election follows an accomplished 39-year career in aviation, during which he has served as General Director of the Italian Airworthiness Authority (RAI), as Deputy General Director of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and Executive Secretary of ECAC between 2010 and 2018. He has also participated in several ICAO Assemblies as Chief or Alternate Chief of the Italian Delegation to ICAO, as well as the Chief Delegate of ECAC. He had also recently been appointed to the Italian Delegation to the ICAO Council. He has also participated in several ICAO Assemblies as Chief or Alternate Chief of the Italian Delegation to ICAO, as well as the Chief Delegate of ECAC.

Mr. Sciacchitano’s three-year term will commence on January 1st, 2020 during which he will preside over the Council and represent ICAO at aviation events around the world.

Mr. Sciacchitano has previously stated that ICAO needed to strengthen its global leadership in implementing its strategic objectives and address “the pressing challenges of acute global traffic growth.”

He added: “I would steer the Council with leadership built on solid know-how and experience, neutrality and independence, aiming at consensus in order to take difficult but also long-lasting decisions.”

Leadership, neutrality and independence when dealing with sensitive and controversial issues or disputes will be essential, as well as putting in place all the necessary actions to prevent tension or disagreements from escalating.”

ICAO, with its headquarters in Montreal, is a specialized agency of the United Nations created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. ICAO sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 193 Member States

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