News

Secondee to the Project Team- 1 December 2023

The CASE II Project is pleased to welcome Ms Houda Atik to join the CASE II Project Team on secondment from the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile of the Kingdom of Morocco for a period of six months. 

 

Highly qualified and experienced, Houda will help implement the CASE II Project’s objectives by delivering activities with our experts, developing materials, and helping to build our relationships with Partner States. The CASE II Team looks forward to Houda’s contributions over the next six months and wishes her all the best. 


More information about Houda and her qualifications can be found on the “Team” page of the website. 

Interregional workshop- Doha, Qatar

The CASE II Project has co-organised an interregional workshop on the topic of “Threat Assessment and Risk Management” which took place from 14 to 15 November 2023. Co-organised with the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO), the event was hosted in Doha, Qatar by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. 

108 participants from 50 Partner States from across Africa and the Middle East participated in the workshop, engaging with 17 speakers drawn from civil aviation authorities and stakeholders in the aviation industry from Partner States and ECAC Member States, as well as from regional and international aviation organisations. 

More information on the topics discussed can be found in the press release, in the “Downloads” page of the website. 

Participants in the Alwadi Hotel Doha conference room

New CASE II Team Member - 5 July 2023

Alagie Jeng joined the CASE II Team on 5 July 2023 on secondment for six months from the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, where he holds the position of Aviation Security and Facilitation Quality Control Manager.

 He is an ICAO-certified national Aviation Security instructor and auditor and has recently completed the ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme – Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP – CMA). He is moreover a member of the Banjul Accord Group (BAG) Technical Committee on Training and is part of the AFCAC Aviation Security and Facilitation Working Group as an expert under the AFCAC African-Indian Ocean Cooperative Experts Scheme (AFI-CES).

The Project Team is very glad to welcome its first secondee of 2023 and looks forward to his contributions to building the capacity of Partner States in coming six-month period.

More information about Alagie and his responsibilities while with the CASE II Team can be found on the “Team” page of the website. 

New CASE II Team Member - 4 July 2023

Miguel Martin Lopez joined the ECAC CASE II Team on 4  July 2023 to work as a Security Specialist. 

He has several years of experience as an AVSEC national auditor for the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority, for which he acted as the Spanish representative in various ECAC working groups. He re-joins the ECAC-CASE II Team CASE II Team after having been part of it as a secondee for nine months in 2022. 

The Project Team is very pleased to welcome Miguel back to CASE II and is looking forward to his contribution to the delivery of activities in the months to come.

More information about Miguel and his responsibilities on the CASE II Team can be found on the “Team” page of the website.

Signing of Cooperation Arrangement with ACI World - Barcelona - 27 June 2023

The CASE II Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), is pleased to announce the conclusion of a Cooperation Arrangement between Airports Council International (ACI) and ECAC for the delivery of airport security peer reviews to Partner States in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia under the framework of the CASE II Project.


With the mandate of the Directors General of Civil Aviation of the 44 ECAC Member States, the President of ECAC, Alessio Quaranta, met with the Director General of ACI World, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, at the ACI EUROPE / ACI WORLD Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain to sign this Cooperation Arrangement into effect on 27 June 2023.

 

Peer review of airport security through the ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security Program will be one of the activities offered to Partner States in the Project’s implementation. These reviews will give Partner States the opportunity to have their security processes assessed according to international standards and leading practices.

 

Under the provisions of this Arrangement, Partner States will be able to request an APEX Security Review and, if agreed, these peer reviews will be funded by the CASE II Project and implemented by ACI, with oversight for quality-control purposes provided by the CASE II Project Team, in coordination with Appropriate Authorities for aviation security of the Partner State. The team from ACI World will conduct an airport review to identify security gaps and contribute to the development of an action plan to maximise operational efficiency while enhancing the standard of security.

 

A total of seven APEX Security Reviews are planned to take place for the benefit of Partner States between now and the end of the CASE II Project in November 2024.


About ACI:

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, is a federated organization comprising ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America and the Caribbean and ACI North America. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2023, ACI serves 712 members, operating 1925 airports in 171 countries.

The Director General of ACI World and the President of ECAC signing the Cooperation Agreement- 27 June 2023
The Director General of ACI World and the President of ECAC with the signed Cooperation Agreement- 27 June 2023

Regional Workshop- Abu Dhabi, UAE

The CASE II workshop on “Evaluation and Certification of Aviation Security Equipment” took place in Abu Dhabi on 12 and 13 June 2023. The workshop was jointly organised by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), as the implementing organisation of the European Union-funded CASE II Project, and the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO). It was hosted by the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The event was opened by the Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates, the Ambassador fo the European Union to the UAE, the Director General of ACAO and the Executive Secretary of ECAC. 

More than 60 participants from 16 ACAO Member States, organisations, and industry stakeholders participated, exchanging information and best practices during the workshop, where presentations were made by ten international experts. 

The main objective of this workshop was to share experiences in the testing and certification of aviation security equipment as well as to exchange views and good practices on: 

  •  Designing technical specifications, including performance standards, for security equipment;
  • Laboratory testing for the purpose of approval and certification of equipment;
  • Operational testing and on-site acceptance fo aviation security equipment; and
  • Procurement and maintenance procedures.
It also included a discussion about the challenges faced in the selection and deployment of security equipment and a session on the latest developments regarding screening technologies. 
 
Group photo of the participants, speakers, and coordinators- 12 June 2023
The Director General of ACAO presenting a plaque of recognition to the Executive Secretary of ECAC (centre), and the CASE II Project Manager (right)- 12 June 2023
The Director General of ACAO presenting to the participants- 12 June 2023

Interregional Workshop- Lomé, Togo

The workshop on “Security and Facilitation – Border Security” took place in Lomé on 10 and 11 May 2023, jointly organised by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), as the implementing body of the European Union-funded CASE II Project, the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO).

The workshop was opened by the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Togo, the Ambassador of the European Union to Togo, the representatives of ACAO, AFCAC and ECAC as the co-organisers, and the Togolese Minister for Road, Air, and Rail Transport.

All acknowledged the importance of this initiative and highlighted the good partnership and excellent coordination between the different stakeholders in strengthening civil aviation.

53 participants from 40 African and Middle Eastern States, international organisations, and industry stakeholders exchanged information and best practices on aviation security and facilitation during the workshop, which was animated by 15 experts drawn from Partner States, ECAC Member States, the industry and international organisations.

The main objectives of this workshop were to promote a common understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders involved in passenger data exchange and border security, such as airlines, airports, immigration authorities, and law enforcement agencies; to facilitate the exchange of information and experiences among participants, and to promote networking and knowledge-sharing in the field of aviation security and facilitation.
Among the topics discussed were:
• Emerging Security Threats and Challenges
• Passenger Data Systems
• The Database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents
• Border Control Tools and Systems
• Capacity building and training programmes
• Regional and International Cooperation

Group Photo of speakers, participants and coordinators - 10 May 2023
The opening panel of speakers, including (from left to right) the coordinator from AFCAC, the Director General of ANAC Togo, the Minister for Road, Rail, and Air Transport for Togo, the EU Ambassador to Togo, the CASE II Project Manager, and the coordinator for ACAO.

New edition of CASE II NEWS

The CASE II Team is glad to announce the release of the latest issue of the Project newsletter: CASE II NEWS. 

This is the fifth issue of the newsletter since the beginning of the Projet and it contains news of activities delivered as well as major events and developments in the first quarter of 2023. 

With versions in both French and English, the newsletter can be found and downloaded at the ‘Downloads’ page of the website.

New CASE II team member

The CASE II team is very pleased to welcome a new member as of 2 April, Mr Mickeël Terosier.

Prior to joining ECAC, he held several positions in France, including deputy head of the security department at the French air transport Gendarmerie headquarters, aviation security auditor for the French civil aviation authority at the ENAC, and Instructor at ENAC, one of ICAO’s training centres. 

Throughout his career, he has continuously focused on all aspects of aviation security from developing, monitoring and teaching national, European, and international AVSEC regulation. As an international aviation security specialist, Mickaël has provided expertise in France and in over 15 countries in Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East. 

The Project team is looking forward to working with Mickaël and to his contribution to the group’s dynamic. In particular, the Project is keen to deliver more activities to  francophone Partner States, with his experienced help. We wish him all the best of luck in his future with us!

New position available! (deadline 6 April 2023)

Paris, March 2023

Announcing a new position available with the CASE II Team! 

We are looking forward to welcoming an Aviation Security Specialist from one of ECAC Member States to our offices in Neuilly-sur-Seine, to help with the development and delivery of aviation security material to the Project’s Partner States in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. 

The chief responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to:

  • Collaborate with the other Aviation Security Experts on the Team to develop training materials;
  • Deliver capacity-building training on-site in Partner States in the three target regions (Africa, Asia, and the Middle East)
  •  Prepare activity and assessment reports 
  • Assess, review and improve existing capacity-building material based on feedback from participants and colleagues.
We are looking for candidates with the following essential qualifications:
 
  • Completed university studies of at least 4 years in a relevant domain or professional training of an equivalent level.
  • A minimum of 4 year’s relevant experience in aviation security, including delivering training/capacity building and international exposure.
  • Fluent (C2) level of English required for this position. 
  • The following would be strong assets:
    • Training and certification as a national and/or international auditor.
    • Training and certification as a trainer/instructor.
    • Ability to speak a second language (with preference given to French and Arabic)
  • Experience in one or several of the following fields of aviation security: risk management; quality control; screening equipment and technologies, inspections/audits, landside security, etc.
  • Experience in delivering training and/or capacity-building activities in aviation security (e.g. drafting training courses).
  • Knowledge or understanding of ECAC, EU, and ICAO requirements, standards, and policies.
For more details about the position, including remuneration and benefits, please visit the EUROCONTROL job vacancies website at the following URL: https://jobs.eurocontrol.int/ecac-vacancies/ 

All applications must be submitted by close of business on 6 April 2023. 

Call for Secondments (deadline 17 March 2023)

Paris, February 2023

The Project team is delighted to announce that a call for secondments is being made!

We look forward to welcoming an aviation security expert from one of the Project’s Partner States in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to join the Project Team for a period of six months. This is an excellent professional opportunity to work with a dynamic team in Paris, with the opportunity to travel regularly to deliver capacity-building activities throughout the Project’s target regions.

The principal responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to:

  • Contribute to the development of training materials;
  • Deliver capacity-building training on-site in Partner States
  • Engage with security experts from ECAC Member States and Partner States to support the development of training materials

 We are looking for candidates with the following essential qualifications:

  •  Ability to work in fluent written and spoken English
  • At least 3 years experience in aviation security matters and knowledge of international aviation security standards, including some practical experience, for example as a national auditor, instructor, or trainer.
  • Ability to present to groups in English- with the flexibility to accommodate participants who may well be using English as a second language
  • Competence in the aviation security topics of chief concern to the Project (e.g. quality control, risk assessment, security culture, security equipment, landside security, cyber security)
  • Ability to speak and write in French would be a strong asset. 

In addition to the Project covering the costs of travel to Paris for the secondment, an allowance of €2500/ month will be provided to cover the cost of living in Paris and the organisation releasing the expert for secondment will be reimbursed the cost of their basic salary for the period of secondment. 

All nominations should include a cover letter and a curriculum vitae describing the relevant skills and experience of the candidate and be sent by 17 March 2023 to the Project Manager, Hanan Achahboun (hachahboun@ecac-ceac.org), with the Project Director in copy, Mark Rodmell (mrodmell@ecac-ceac.org). 

 
We’re looking forward to your interest and do not hesitate to contact the team should you have any questions at case2project@ecac-ceac.org

CASE II Project team

Paris, January 2021
Miguel Martin Lopez joins the ECAC CASE II Project as an aviation security specialist to develop and deliver capacity-building activities in Partner States. Miguel has four years of experience in the aviation security area working for the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) as an aviation security inspector. For the last year he specialised in security equipment and has participated in the Common Evaluation Process for security equipment Management Group (CEP-MG) as well as in the Technical Task Force (TTF) as the Spanish representative. He joins the CASE II project as a secondee for the first half of 2022 in which he expects to contribute with his effort and experience.

CASE II Project team

Paris, November 2021
Aleksandar Yankov joined the ECAC CASE II Project team on 1 November, and he is keen to participate in ECAC’s activities in Partner States. His professional development has spanned various stages, but invariably directly related to aviation security. A former commercial airline pilot, he also has over 25 years of hands-on experience in development and application of national regulations and international standards. From 1995 until joining the CASE II Project team, he held several positions including head of the security department at the Bulgarian CAA, manager of an aviation training, consulting and security services centre, as well as an independent trainer and a freelance consultant. Since 2013, Alexander has also been an ICAO international aviation security instructor.

First steering group meeting

Videoconference, 16 September 2021
More than 30 participants from ECAC Member States, the European Commission, international organisations, and industry and independent organisations joined virtually to discuss the Project’s activities in 2020/2021 and to contribute ideas on the further development of the programme of activities. Ms Natalie Pauwels (European Commission/FPI/Head of Unit for Stability and Peace – Global and Transregional Threats) and Mr Mark Rodmell (ECAC Deputy Executive Secretary and CASE Project Director), as co-chairs, opened the meeting. Both thanked the participants for attending and for their involvement in the CASE II Project. The project team presented the main developments and future planning. Ms Pauwels welcomed the growing interest expressed by many ECAC member states to support the project, underlining its unique position in being driven by the contribution of national experts in delivering the cooperation with partner countries.

First CASE II Project-ACAO workshop

Virtual workshop, 6-8 September 2021
The first workshop of the CASE II Project jointly organised with the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO) focused on security culture in civil aviation. This virtual event was well attended with multiple representatives from 13 ACAO Member States. Through a series of presentations, participants were introduced to topics including the understanding of security culture, cyber security, the ICAO Year of Security Culture, security culture policy and implementation, and effective security management. They benefited from the experience and knowledge of security culture experts from across ECAC and ACAO states, and industry partners. A breakout session inviting the participants to apply what they had discovered during this three-day virtual workshop was organised to mark its conclusion. The resulting discussion and the feedback received so far from those in attendance has been extremely positive, and more such workshops will be included in the CASE II Project.

25 Partner States benefit from Insider Risk webinars

Virtual webinars, June-July 2021
Given the very high level of demand for participation following an invitation sent to all AFCAC states, the activity was delivered three times from June to July with plans for further delivery in the coming months. One further webinar in the series was delivered in coordination with ACAO. A total of 25 Partner States benefitted from this opportunity nominating up to nine participants. While the webinar provides a good foundation to this area of personnel security for aviation, the goal remains to deliver the activity in-country.

Senegal benefits from the Phase III mission on MANPADS

Dakar, 21-25 June 2021
As part of the CASE II Project, the French Civil Aviation Authority has carried out a specific mission at the Blaise Diagne international airport in Dakar, Senegal, seeking to reduce vulnerabilities related to MANPADS and ground-to-ground small arms). The High Authority of Senegal Airports (HAAS) thus welcomed 16 trainees to its premises, who benefited from theoretical and practical training delivered by three French experts. Carried out in a warm and studious atmosphere, this mission sought to assist Senegal in being more autonomous in its approach to reducing the risk linked to this area of aviation security.

Cyber Security in Civil Aviation Workshop

Virtual workshop, 8-9 June 2021
The CASE II Project and AFCAC joined forces again to share expertise on cyber threats and mitigation measures through a workshop attended by over 210 participants from 41 AFCAC states. The topic of cyber security was selected based on its ever-increasing relevance to the general scope of aviation security. Speakers came from a range of ECAC/EU and AFCAC states and provided a range of perspectives reflecting their various roles. The two-day workshop was divided into five sessions focusing on the following topics: Understanding Cyber Threats, Mitigating Cyber Threats, Cyber Security Experience, The Cyber Threat and System Criticality, and Specific Elements of Cyber Security. During the last day of the workshop, participants were split into 19 “virtual” breakout rooms, enabling small groups to interact and discuss the questions posed to the group. The results were very positive as indicated by participants’ feedback.

Covert and overt testing webinar delivery

Virtual webinar, May-June 2021
Covert and overt testing are important tools which can be used both within aviation organisations for the purpose of quality assurance and quality control, or by the aviation security competent authority for the purposes of compliance and risk management oversight. A total of four webinars have been delivered by the CASE II Aviation Security Manger on this subject. Twenty-two Partner States benefited from two multilateral activities in May 2021, and Liberia and Morocco participated in two separate bilateral activities in June 2021. Each webinar involved 11-15 participants. This activity is currently being translated into French and Portuguese, and we hope to provide this course for the benefit of additional CASE II Partner States before the end of 2021.

AFCAC-ECAC CASE II Workshop on the impact of COVID-19 on aviation security

22 April 2021
The first workshop of the CASE II Project was jointly organised with the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and focused on the implications of COVID-19 for aviation security. This virtual event was attended by 107 registered participants representing 33 Partner States from Africa. Through a series of presentations, the first of two sessions introduced industry representatives from Africa and Europe who provided their perspective of the impact of COVID-19 on aviation security operations. The second session focused on the aviation security response to the pandemic, and provided insight and guidance covering both strategic and operational themes from three European speakers. The workshop was very well received by attendees and more such workshops will be included in the CASE II Project.

Gabon benefits from counter-MANPADS mission

Libreville, 8-19 February 2021
Initially planned for March 2020 under the CASE I Project, the first phase of this activity dedicated to the assessment and mitigation of the MANPADS threat had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, this mission on the mitigation of risks from ground-to-air and ground-to-ground weapons took place in February 2021, delivered by a multi-agency team of French experts led by the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile as part of the CASE II Project.

The mission brought together 15 participants from a wide range of Gabonese military, police and civil aviation organisations, each of which are involved in ensuring adequate risk-mitigation in response to the threats.

The attendees showed a high level of commitment to the programme even when schedules had to be amended as a result of the imposition of stricter curfews in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts were recognised along with the success of the mission and reflected in the concluding remarks at the closing meeting. The output consists of eight recommendations to the Director General of Civil Aviation.

The meeting included the presence of the advisor to the Minister of Transport, the General Manager of the National Security Council, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Deputy Head of the Office National de la Sûreté et de la Facilitation des Aéroports du Gabon (ONSFAG), the Director General of the Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ANAC) Gabon and the First Counsellor of the French Embassy. The presence of these senior representatives and the speeches made underlined efforts made thus far and provided a foundation for sustained progress in conjunction with the continued support of the CASE II Project.

Kick-off activity of counter-MANPADS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa, 18-29 January 2021
The CASE II Project delivered the first phase of a mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) designed to address the threat resulting from MANPADS and other infantry weapons. The activity was implemented by a multi-agency team of French experts led by the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile.

This mission constitutes the first of three phases in the DRC examining the threat from MANPADS and associated risk mitigation options. Eighteen participants from relevant organisations at national and local levels took part ensuring a review that explores the threat from a range of different perspectives. The participants came from the Civil Aviation Authority, the Regie des Voies Aériennes (Airport operator), the National Intelligence Agency, the Republican Guard, the Air Force, the Intelligence Directorate, the National Security Council, the Customs and Excise Office, the Border Police and the Directorate General of Migration.

The participants engaged with the process and contributed with enthusiasm. Activities included theoretical work complemented by practical elements taking place in the field with a particular focus on examining potential attack launch sites.

As the mission was brought to a close, the commitment of the DRC authorities to the subject of the mission was underlined in the speech of the Deputy Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority. The closing meeting also witnessed the French Embassy representatives outline their commitment to continued support for the civil aviation authorities of the DRC. In conclusion, the successful delivery of this first phase has provided a great foundation for future work on this important area of aviation security.

First webinar series on insider threats

Videoconference, December 2020 – February 2021
In view of the global travel restrictions the first of a series of four webinars delivered in coordination with the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO). The webinars focused on insider threats and security culture and were presented by a leader in the field of personnel security with an extensive career working in the UK government as a subject matter expert.

A total of 13 participants from Morocco (9) and Tunisia (4) have been nominated by ACAO to benefit from this activity. The audience included participants from a range of roles and a number of senior officials with aviation security responsibilities from both countries.

The introductory session took place on 17 December 2020 and provided a broad overview of the risks posed by the insider threat with specific attention paid to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this important matter. Follow-up presentations examined other key security issues in the context of the insider threat: the importance of effective risk assessment was highlighted in a webinar delivered on 13 January 2021 and the third session (3 February 2021) examined the influence of security culture on the mitigation of insider threat.

Each of the sessions had a duration of 90 to 120 minutes and provided scope for participants to ask questions and debate the topics under discussion. Short questionnaires were provided to attendees to gather feedback on their experience of the information provided to ensure continuous improvement. Such feedback was especially important in the context of ensuring effective online delivery of training material. A last webinar in this series, focused on security lifecycles and ongoing personnel security, took place on 17 February 2021.

The second series of four webinars on the same topic will take place between 15-16 June 2021 and will include participants to be nominated from AFCAC Member States.

Final mission on counter-MANPADS in Benin

Cotonou, 7-11 December 2020
In April 2018 and March 2019 respectively, the authorities of Benin benefitted from phases I and II of the activity dedicated to the assessment and mitigation of the MANPADS threat delivered as part of the CASE I Project. The third and final phase of this activity formed one of the very first activities delivered under the CASE II Project and was delivered from 7 to 11 December 2020. In total, 16 participants have taken part in this activity.

As with the initial phases, the activity was organised and conducted by the French Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) which coordinated delivery through multi-agency teams consisting of personnel from the DGAC, the Gendarmerie des Transports Aériens and the French Air Force.

The objective of this third mission was to review the national and local mitigation measures designed to tackle the vulnerabilities identified during previous phases and reduce residual risks.

To conform with the health protocol in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening and closing ceremony held by the Director General of the Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile du Bénin (ANAC) – the Appropriate Authority of Benin – was organised via videoconference.

At the end of this phase III, ANAC Benin, under the leadership of its coordinator, embarked on the process of finalising its action plan in response to the threat generated by MANPADS and infantry weapons. The CASE II representatives would like to express their appreciation for the involvement, motivation and work of all the participants.

With the completion of phase III, the support programme on MANPADS offered to Benin has now been completed. Within the framework of bilateral cooperation between France and Benin, the experts will continue to provide assistance and support to the Beninese authorities.

Appointment of the CASE II Project Director

Paris, 1 December 2020
In December 2020, Mr Mark Rodmell was appointed as ECAC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, with one of his responsibilities to act as the CASE II Project Director. In this position he is overall responsible for the Project on behalf of ECAC. This includes the overall supervision of the plan of activities and of the project team. In particular, the Project Director will contribute to build and maintain high-level relationships with Partner States and ECAC Member States and all organisations involved, and in particular with the European Commission. Mr Rodmell’s extensive experience in aviation security and in international relations will be a great asset in leading the implementation of the CASE II Project.

The CASE II Project team

Paris, November 2020
Until now, three project team members have been recruited, and are rolling out the first actions of the CASE II Project: Mr Lionnel Maugis, Mr Jae Tonkin, Ms Jasna Gamber.

Mr Lionnel Maugis joined the ECAC Secretariat as Project Manager in September 2020. Lionnel is a French civil aviation engineer who started his career in Europe with the French Air Navigation Directorate and has been providing consultancy services extensively in Africa (notably as project manager of the revision of the ASECNA international convention). He has been based in-country in the Middle East (Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain) since 2010 for Paris Airport Group (ADPI) as resident project manager, where he was also in charge of security assessments managing security experts, and since 2015 in Asia as chief development officer at Maldives Velana International Airport, accountable for a large portfolio of development projects. Lionnel is a practitioner of aviation safety and security, airport planning design and construction, with operational, regulatory and programme management experience.

Mr Jae Tonkin joined the CASE II Project team in the role of Aviation Security Manager in November 2020. Jae previously held the position of Compliance Manager at the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority where he specialised in the planning and delivery of the national covert and overt testing programmes and also provided oversight of the implementation of Security Management Systems. Jae is passionate about the aspirations of the CASE II Project and its aim of supporting capacity building in a range of Partner States across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and he looks forward to applying his experience and enthusiasm in contribution to its success.

Ms Jasna Gamber completes the CASE II Project team as Project Management Assistant. Before joining ECAC, Jasna was responsible for the content and programme management of congresses and workshops. During the past years she has served as a liaison between conference departments and related offices, governments, external partners and thousands of participants. Motivated and dynamic, Jasna is eager to support the CASE II Project to deliver a wide range of capacity building activities and to contribute to the success of this follow-up to the well-received original CASE Project.

New positions of aviation security specialists will soon be advertised on the ECAC and CASE II websites.

8th Meeting of the RASFALG group of the African Civil Aviation Commission

Videoconference, 29 October 2020
ECAC was invited to participate in the 8th meeting of the AFCAC’s (African Civil Aviation Commission) Regional Aviation Security and Facilitation Group (RASFALG) for Africa and the Indian Ocean region which was convened virtually due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the meeting 11 presentations were delivered, including one on the main features of the CASE II Project. Central to the presentation was the outlining of the new activities of the CASE II Project including the intended use and development of a Country Programme of Action (CPA) for each Partner State.

The CPA is designed to ensure the needs of Partner States are met and provides an efficient roadmap to achieving the goals in terms of sustainable security outcomes. The CPA provides a living and evolving document to ensure the delivery of relevant activities over the duration of the project.

The meeting was chaired by Tunisia and attended by 136 participants representing 26 Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Member States, the ICAO Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC), the Ecole Régionale de la Navigation Aérienne et du Management (ERNAM) from Dakar Senegal, the Ministry of Transport of Singapore, and 8 international/regional organisations Airports Council International (ACI), AFCAC, African Union Commission (AUC), Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA), ECAC, ICAO, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Project Kick-off meeting

Videoconference, 14 October 2020
The official launch of the CASE II Project took place at the kick-off meeting organised in October 2020. More than 40 participants from ECAC Member States, the European Commission and industry organisations joined virtually to discuss the initiation of activities.

The CASE II Project will not only represent a continuation and deepening of the approach of the CASE I Project, but also a scaling up, in terms of scope, objectives and resources, with the support of ECAC Member States to strengthen the aviation security regime of Partner States and to promote best practices. The Project Team’s size for the delivery of activities has also been doubled with a higher emphasis on the recruitment of aviation security experts to maximise impact of the action, to reach a maximum of Partner States who are facing challenging times.

Following this meeting, ECAC Member States and Partner States have been invited to share their priorities in terms of capacity-building activity and to provide details of resources, notably in terms of aviation security experts, that could be made available to the project.