The Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry on Tuesday said it will join the development phase of the European Union's SESAR project. Short for Single European Sky ATM (air traffic management) Research, SESAR is the European air traffic control infrastructure modernization program, which aims to develop a new generation air traffic management system capable of ensuring the safety and fluidity of air transport worldwide over the next 30 years. The development phase of the project, the second phase of the three-part project, will last for a period of five years and produce the required new generation of technological systems and components as defined in the definition phase of the project. SESAR officials invited Israel to join the project as a technology consultant. "This is very exciting for Israel as we are the first non-European country to participate in this important project," said Boaz Hirsch, director of the Foreign Trade Office in the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry. "We feel that we can provide the EU with some of our technological advances in the air traffic control sector and will help further their project."