The European Commission-funded Civil Aviation Security (CASE) project aims at organising capacity building activities in the field of civil aviation security in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. ECAC is in charge of its implementation over the course of four years (2016-2020) by providing targeted technical assistance to the beneficiary States.
The overall purpose of the Civil Aviation Security in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula - CASE Project (hereafter ‘the Project') is to counter the threat of terrorism against civil aviation by improving the level of aviation security in beneficiary States mainly through the organisation of capacity building activities.
The specific objectives are:
- To promote a security culture in the beneficiary States;
- To review and adjust the aviation security legislation and regulations in the beneficiary States;
- To foster aviation security quality control in those States; and
- To enhance the capacity of the beneficiary States to comply with international baseline aviation security standards.
2. Organisation of the Project
The Project is financed by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).
The entity in charge for the EU is the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission. Within ECAC, the Secretariat is in charge of the implementation, through a dedicated project team (the CASE 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 European Commission representatives.
The Steering Group acts as the "Advisory Board" of the Project and meets once a year. It is made up of representatives of EU Member States, representatives of international organisations (ICAO, African Civil Aviation Commission, Arab Civil Aviation Commission, regional organisations) and representatives of ACI and IATA.
4. Scope of the Project
The budget is 7 million Euros and the duration is four years. The Project officially started on 1 November 2015. The activities will concentrate on countries of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. A further selection will be made based on a set of pre-defined criteria.
The Project has a strong focus on current threats to civil aviation, e.g., cargo security, mitigation of Man-Portable Air-Defence Systems (MANPADS), screener training and certification, training of national auditors or landside.
5. Implementation of the Project
Bilateral or multilateral capacity building activities will be delivered by a pool of short-term experts that will concentrate their activities on five topics:
- Organisation of regional workshops, e.g. security equipment and technology, screener certification, threats to aviation, risk management, cargo;
- Mentoring activities, e.g. on MANPADS mitigation, security culture;
- Review of specific national legislations and regulations (cargo, screener certification);
- Training activities, such as best practices for national auditors, training of cargo inspectors, on-site coaching and certification of national auditors; and
- Oversight activities, such as organisation of joint cargo audits and joint vulnerability assessments on landside security.