EU-ECAC CASE PROJECT
The European Union-funded CASE Project delivers capacity-building activities in the field of civil aviation security in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) is in charge of its implementation over the course of four years (November 2015-October 2019).
The overall purpose of the CASE Project is to counter the threat of terrorism against civil aviation by supporting the Partner States' own efforts and therefore by improving the level of aviation security in Partner States.
The specific 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.
2. Organisation of the Project
The Project is financed by the European Union (EU) and implemented by ECAC.
The entity in charge for the EU is the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission (EC). The Secretariat of ECAC is responsible for the Project, through – but not limited to - a dedicated Project team, comprising four persons dedicated exclusively to the Project and recruited for its duration. The Project team is led by a Project Coordinator in cooperation with the Project Director, who is an existing staff member of the ECAC Secretariat.
3. Governance of the Project
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 EU Member States, officials of international organisations (ICAO, the African Civil Aviation Commission, the Arab Civil Aviation Commission and other sub-regional organisations) and representatives of Airports Council International (ACI) and of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
4. Scope of the Project
The budget is seven million euros and the duration is four years. The Project officially started on 1 November 2015. Only countries in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula 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 and threats of a given Partner State. National activities comprise the following components: mentoring (for counter-MANPADS, use of security equipment, screener certification, etc.), training of national auditors, coaching of national auditors and risk management (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.
5. Implementation of the Project
The capacity-building activities are mainly delivered by a pool of experts released by the respective Appropriate Authorities of ECAC Member States on an ad hoc basis, and selected in response to the needs of each activity (experience, field of expertise, language).