We are organising capacity building activities in the field of civil aviation security to the benefit of Partner States in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, to strengthen the level of security against the threat of international terrorism.
As part of the European Civil Aviation Conference, and with the financial support of the European Union, we are pooling expert resources from our 44 ECAC Member States.
We provide such support in close coordination and cooperation with relevant international, regional aviation organisations and institutions including (but not limited to):
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO)
- African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC)
- West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
The overall purpose of the CASE II Project is to counter the threat of terrorism against civil aviation by supporting the Partner States’ own efforts and therefore by improving their level of aviation security where necessary. The main objectives are:
- to improve quality control applied to aviation security in Partner States;
- to enhance Partner States’ capacity to actually meet the Standards and Recommended Practices of ICAO Annex 17;
- to foster a security culture in those States; and
- to review and adjust their national aviation security regulations and procedures.
The Project is financed by the **European Union (EU)** and implemented by ECAC. The entity in charge for the EU was the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission (EC). On 01.01.2021 the project has been transferred to the Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI). The Secretariat of ECAC is responsible for the Project, through a dedicated Project team, comprising eight persons dedicated exclusively to the Project and recruited for its duration. The Project team is led the Project Manager under the supervision of the Project Director, who is a staff member of the ECAC Secretariat.
The Programme Management Committee (PMC) ensures that the Project is run in conformity with its objectives and principles. The PMC is made up of ECAC and EC representatives.
The Steering Group acts as the “Advisory Board” of the Project. In addition to ECAC and the EC, it is made up of representatives of Member States, officials of international organisations (ICAO, AFCAC, ACAO, and other sub-regional organisations) and representatives of Airports Council International (ACI) and of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Project officially started in January 2020. Partner States in Africa, Asia and the Middle East are eligible for the Project.
The Project delivers both regional activities (multilateral workshops, focusing on key-topics for aviation security) and national activities. The latter are on-site, operational activities adapted to the specificities, priorities of a given Partner State. National activities comprise the following components: mentoring (for counter-MANPADS, use of security equipment, screener certification, etc.), training (e.g. of national auditors), coaching and risk management activities (e.g. cargo security audits and landside vulnerability assessments).
Overall, the Project has a strong focus on actions aimed at reinforcing the quality control for aviation security in the Partner States, by striving to make this crucial activity more effective, sustainable and comprehensive.
The capacity-building activities are mainly delivered by a pool of experts released by ECAC Member States and selected in response to the needs of each activity (experience, field of expertise, language).
The activities of the Project cover the following key domains of aviation security:
- security culture and insider risks,
- landside security,
- other existing/emerging threats, such as MANPADS or IEDs,
- use of available resources (assessment and improvement),
- quality control,
- overall support to the aviation security regime of a Partner State.