Spain hosts 68th Directors General summer meetings:
focus on European priorities and ambitions for
40th ICAO Assembly
Malaga, 29-31 August — ECAC Directors General, joined by the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), EUROCONTROL, ICAO EUR/NAT Office and JAA TO, gathered in Malaga for their annual meeting hosted by an ECAC Member State.
The meeting was honoured to welcome Spanish Secretary of State for Transport Maria José Rallo, who delivered a keynote speech highlighting the criticality of air transport as Spain celebrates its 100th year of aviation. Her address was complemented by a presentation from Director General Raùl Medina Caballero on Spain's vision on how to address the civil aviation challenges of the future.
As this was the last gathering of ECAC Directors General before the 40th session of the ICAO Assembly (24 September - 4 October), strategic discussions focused on European priorities to be brought to the international arena and on the upcoming ICAO Council elections. On this topic, ECAC President Ingrid Cherfils informed the meeting about her recent contacts with regional organisations (ACAO, AFCAC, LACAC), and Salvatore Sciacchitano, the European candidate running for the ICAO Council Presidency elections, shared his vision for the future of ICAO.
As is customary during DGCA meetings, Directors General heard updates on EU aviation developments from Pekka Henttu, DGCA Finland on behalf of the European Union Presidency, and European Commission Director-General Henrik Hololei (DG MOVE), on international cooperation at EASA from Executive Director Patrick Ky, and on the ATM summer performance from EUROCONTROL Director General Eamonn Brennan. On the last day, JAA TO Chairman Alessio Quaranta and Director Paula Almeida presented the outcome of recent activities, new initiatives and some facts and figures about the training organisation.
Appointments: ECAC Coordinating Committee Focal Point for Economic matters and JAA TO Board member
Two other important meetings were held over the three days. First, an informal meeting of the ECAC Coordinating Committee that saw the appointment of Dan Micklethwaite (DGCA United Kingdom) as ECAC's new Focal Point for Economic matters and Luis Miguel Ribeiro (DGCA Portugal) as member of the JAA TO Board.
Adoption of new ECAC Resolution at ECAC/37
Secondly, ECAC Directors General met in a Special Plenary Session (ECAC/37), where they adopted a Resolution on the creation of an association for ECAC under French law in order to support ECAC's activities. Amendments to the ECAC Constitution (Doc No 20, 7th edition) were also adopted, notably incorporating the terms of reference of the recently created Focal Point on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, a position currently held by Raùl Medina Caballero (DGCA Spain).
DGCA/152: Directors General focus on European preparations for 40th ICAO Assembly
Paris, 6-7 May — Directors General gathered in Paris for their first meeting of the year, joined by observers EASA, the European Commission, the ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Office and JAA TO. The meeting was honoured to welcome Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission, Tefera Mekonnen, invited to share his organisation's developments in view of the upcoming ICAO Assembly. Addressing delegates, Mr Mekonnen emphasised AFCAC's commitment to strengthening the cooperation and mutual understanding with ECAC and its Member States. He spoke of his appreciation of the ECAC/AFCAC collaboration on the CASE Project, which provides invaluable support to AFCAC's Member States on capacity building programmes in the aviation security field.
With the 40th ICAO Assembly taking place in September and October, a significant share of the meeting's discussions focused on the status of preparation of European papers for the Assembly. Directors General endorsed six papers: five in the safety and ATM domains and one on environment. For the first time, Directors General were joined in their discussions by industry representatives from ASD, ACI EUROPE and IATA, who shared their organisations' priorities for the Assembly.
Annemarie Smith Floch, representative of Ireland and the ABIS Group on the ICAO Council, updated the meeting on recent developments in ICAO, including on the main outcomes of the 216th ICAO Council Session. Armand Petrescu, Director General for Civil Aviation of Romania, the current holder of the EU Presidency, presented an overview of the presidency's accomplishments to date and priorities until the end of its mandate on 30 June. Pekka Henttu, Director General for Civil Aviation, Finland, provided a report on the work of the Wise Persons Group on the future of the Single European Sky, while the European Commission briefed the meeting on the latest activities in the European Commission, focusing in particular on external relations developments.
In the safety and ATM domains, EUROCONTROL and EASA shared their organisations' recent developments. Eamonn Brennan, EUROCONTROL Director General, in particular highlighted EUROCONTROL's re-appointment as Network Manager until 2030 and the recent release of the Airspace Architecture study prepared in collaboration with SESAR, which defines how Europe's airspace architecture should look in the medium- to long-term (2025-2035) and what practical steps would need to be taken to make it a reality. He also spoke of the strong coordination and engagement with industry in Europe and the joint work programme between EUROCONTROL and EASA. EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky focused his intervention on providing an overview of the measures taken following the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 MAX accidents.
Preparations for the August Special meeting of Directors General in Malaga, the 12th ECAC Forum in December on the theme of sustainable environment, and the autumn 2020 ECAC/EU Dialogue with the air transport industry also featured on the agenda
Coordinating Committee hosts US delegation in Paris
Strengthening cooperation between ECAC and regional organisation ACAO
Paris, 20 March 2019 — ECAC President Ingrid Cherfils and Acting Executive Secretary Patricia Reverdy met with Director General of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO) Abdennebi Manar on the sidelines of the 2nd ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) meeting of Directors General in Paris. The two parties discussed their ongoing cooperation and enhancing support among the sister regional organisations.
Kuwait, 24 March 2019 — Exchanges between ECAC and ACAO continued later in the month when Ms Cherfils and Ms Reverdy visited Kuwait to meet with Chairman of the General Assembly of ACAO and President of Civil Aviation of Kuwait, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Homoud Al-Sabah, who was accompanied by Abdennebi Manar.
The discussions focused on existing and future cooperation between the two regional organisations and events to be jointly organised in the coming years. Ahead of the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly, the two parties exchanged information on their respective priorities in the areas of safety, security, facilitation, the environment and economic matters, and the forthcoming elections of the ICAO Council and the ICAO
Sixth edition of the Europe-Asia Pacific Aviation Security Forum in Paris
Paris, 25-26 February 2019 — ECAC and the Ministry of Transport of Singapore organised the sixth edition of the Europe-Asia Pacific Aviation Security Forum in Paris at the end of February, bringing together over 60 experts from Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
Over two days, the participants had the opportunity to exchange information and experiences on current aviation security priorities and recent developments in their regions in an endeavour to promote the global implementation of international aviation security requirements.
Held every two years, this year the Forum addressed the evolution of threats, technology and innovation, security training and culture, and cyber security and disruptive technologies. Discussions were spread across four sessions moderated by Carla Pinto (Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority), Douglas Yeo (Singapore Ministry of Transport), Hugo Porter (New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority) and Urs Haldimann (Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation),
The first session of the Forum looked at the evolution of threats in the regions and the approaches taken by States to address emerging challenges to aviation security. Discussions focused on insider threats, non-metallic improvised explosive devices, threats from remotely piloted aircraft systems including the measures to address them, as well as additional measures to protect passengers attending major events.
Security technology and innovation, and the operational challenges linked to the deployment of new technology were the focus of the second session. Participants considered how technology is used to support aviation security, the regulator and airport perspectives on experience gained from deployment of the latest screening solutions at airports in Europe and the Asia Pacific region, and the use of deep learning algorithms in screening equipment.
In the third session, participants discussed security training and culture as tools to further strengthen aviation security at national and entity level. They shared experiences and lessons learned on the current challenges in aviation security training, on best practices to enhance staff motivation, and on various aspects of security culture, including how to improve it at airport level, the key challenges faced by airlines in the Asia Pacific region, and the value of occurrence reporting.
Finally, the fourth session focused on cyber security and disruptive technologies. Speakers elaborated on cyber security arrangements in their own States, incident and occurrence reporting systems for cyber security in civil aviation, airport cyber security, e-commerce and its influence on aviation security, cyber security in the cargo security supply chain and ATM risks from digitalisation and artificial intelligence.
Throughout the two days, the Forum provoked lively debate and offered much food for thought. Key conclusions included: the need to constantly review and adjust mitigation measures to reflect the evolution of the threat picture; that people are security's biggest asset and that it is vital to strive to find the right conditions to keep staff motivated and trained; and the importance of sharing information amongst all partners to encourage further collaboration.
West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) visits ECAC
Paris, 21 February 2019 - ECAC Acting Executive Secretary Patricia Reverdy, Aviation Security Audit and Capacity Building Officer, Adam Borkowski, and CASE Project Coordinator, Antoine Zannotti met with a delegation from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) on visit to ECAC's offices following their participation in the CASE Project Technical Seminar in Brussels earlier in the week.
The WAEMU delegation was led by Paul Koffi Koffi, Commissioner of the Department of Community Territorial Administration and Transport, who was joined by Adébayo Samson Balogoun, Director for Transport in the WAEMU Commission, and Tcha-Didjoré Deybou Bah-Traoré, Coordinator of the WAEMU Programme of Inspections and Audits.
The two delegations discussed the status of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between ECAC and WAEMU in 2006. Several future joint actions in the fields of aviation security and economic regulation were discussed during the meeting. These included the organisation of training for vulnerability assessors on landside security, the organisation of workshops on insider threats and cyber security, as well as the provision of targeted assistance to States to support their aviation security regimes.