OVERVIEW OF THE CASE II PROJECT

          

Main features of the Project

The Civil Aviation Security in Africa, the Middle East and Asia (CASE II) Project is entirely funded by the European Union and implemented by ECAC. It will start its operations in the second quarter of 2020, following the termination on 30 April 2020 of the activities of its precursor, the CASE Project. The duration of the CASE II Project is four years and the budget allocated by the European Commission (Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development) for the overall period is EUR 8 million. The inclusion of Asia is a new feature of CASE II, compared to CASE I.

Objectives of the Project

The overall objective of CASE II is to counter the threat of terrorism to civil aviation by partnering with States in the three regions, in order to strengthen the civil aviation security regimes in the Partner States.

This requires fostering the effective implementation by Partner States of baseline security measures, such as ICAO Annex 17 Standards and Recommended Practices. For some States - and based on their level of compliance with international standards - a second specific objective is to strengthen their aviation security regimes beyond mere compliance with international standards, in particular in the fields of risk management, security culture and quality control.

The Partner States are selected on the basis of objective criteria, such as the commitment/capability of a given State to fully benefit from the capacity-building activities delivered by the Project, or the absence of possible duplication with other capacity-building initiatives, either bilateral or multilateral.

Activities of the Project

The activities of the Project are "nationally based", i.e. implemented to the exclusive benefit of one Partner State, as they aim to address the aviation security issues (including vulnerabilities) faced by that State. Those national activities are designed to improve the level of effective implementation of security measures on the ground through the provision of technical support on-site.

The activities of the Project cover the following key domains of aviation security:

  • security culture and insider threats,
  • 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.

All these activities can be conducted in English or French, with – to the extent possible and for some of them – the addition of Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

The activities are delivered by a combination of experts from the dedicated Project team within ECAC and from the ECAC Member States, which release experts selected for their technical competencies, their operational, international experience and their language skills. Subject–matter experts from Partner States may contribute as well.