The European Cockpit Association (ECA) was created in 1991 and is the representative body of European Flight Crews at European Union (EU) level. Since 2000, ECA is a recognised Social Partner in the EU's Sectoral Social Dialogue. In May 2006, IFALPA and ECA signed a Cooperation Protocol which made ECA the representative body of IFALPA in Europe. ECA closely cooperates and coordinates its activities and positions with IFALPA through its Working Groups structure, which is similar to the IFALPA Committees. ECA is the point of contact for all European issues and interactions with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).