Based in Paris, ECAC is Europe's largest and longest-standing aviation organisation and is part of the ICAO air transport global community. Its mission is the promotion of the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system. It plays a key role in supporting its forty-four Member States as they address issues affecting the European civil aviation sector, in particular in relation to safety, security, facilitation, environment, training, economic and legal matters.
ECAC's priorities to fulfill its mission are threefold: to act as a pan-European aviation think-tank, to support its Member States in developing harmonised pan-European positions and solutions and to serve as a centre of expertise. ECAC also acts as a forum for joint discussions between Europe and other regions or States, promoting understanding on policy matters between its Member States and other regions of the world.
CASE Project workshop on risk management in Senegal
The CASE Project conducted its first workshop on the theme of risk management in Dakar on 23-24 January 2017, jointly organised by ECAC, in charge of implementing the EU-funded CASE Project, and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).
The workshop brought together experts from a record number of 29 African States, 12 of which were participating in a CASE Project activity for the first time: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The meeting was opened by Ms Iyabo O Sosina, Secretary General of AFCAC, and Mr Antoine Gouzée de Harven, Regional Coordinator with the European External Action Service.
During two days of interactive work led by moderator Ms Eleanor Travers of the Irish Aviation Authority, participants had the opportunity to engage in discussions and Q&A sessions based on the presentations given by risk management experts from the Authorities of Ireland, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, as well as a representative of Air France on behalf of the airline association, A4E. Mr Alassane Dolo, AVSEC Regional Officer of the ICAO Western and Central African Office, also presented ICAO's risk management methodology. In addition, the ECAC expert presented the vulnerability assessment activity offered to CASE Project Partner States as part of the risk management process.
In addition to a roundtable during which experts from each State present briefly outlined their national approach to risk management, participants completed two exercises, the first concerning the practical application of the methodology presented, and the second involving the identification of potential vulnerabilities in the public areas of airports.