We organise capacity building activities in the field of civil aviation security for the benefit of our Partner States in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to spread awareness of the risks to civil aviation and share best practices to strengthen aviation security processes against the threat of international terrorism.
To achieve this mission, the Project focuses on delivering training in key aspects of airport security, specifically risk and vulnerability assessment, quality control, and security culture building, detailed below.
To achieve the overarching mission, the CASE II Project has multiple supporting objectives to help counter the threat of terrorism against civil aviation. These principle objectives are:
- to foster the effective and harmonised implementation of baseline international security measures by Partner States;
- to enhance Partner States’ capacity to actually meet the Standards and Recommended Practices of ICAO Annex 17;
- to promote cooperation and facilitate network-building between Partner States and aviation security experts in the three regions; and
- to avoid overlap and identify potential areas of synergy with other, similar capacity-building initiatives.
rtner States located in the target regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East are eligible for participation in the Project’s activities.
The Project Team engages with Partner States bilaterally, through direct communication with the Appropriate Authorities of each, with the facilitation of regional civil aviation organisations, such as the African Civil Aviation, or through the facilitation of ECAC/EU Member States that have close relations with Partner States.
There are three main formats in which Project activities are delivered:
- Webinars: 1 – 2 days; these can serve as an introduction to the Project and the topic of the organisation
- In-country training/mentoring activities: 2 – 5 days in length; CASE II experts will visit the Partner State to deliver tailored capacity-building training activities; and
- Workshops: 2 – 3 days in length; with the input of experts from ECAC/EU Member States, Partner States, and regional and international organisations, these larger activities can bring together up to 100 participants to discuss and exchange on salient topics in civil aviation security.
The topics covered by the Project cover the following key domains of aviation security:
- security culture and insider risks,
- 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.
Seven dedicated staff work on the Project Team- see their roles and bios on the Team page.
As part of the European Civil Aviation Conference, we draw from the pool of expert gathered from 44 ECAC Member States and, to date, from 67 Partner States.
The financial resources of the Project consist of an EUR 8 million grant from the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments.
We provide such support in close coordination and cooperation with relevant international, regional aviation organisations and institutions including (but not limited to):
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO)
- African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC)
- West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- Airports Council International (ACI) World
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 Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) of the European Commission. The Secretariat of ECAC is responsible for the Project through the Project team, comprising seven staff dedicated exclusively to the Project and recruited for its duration. The Project team is led by the Project Manager under the supervision of the Project Director, who is equally Deputy Executive Secretary of ECAC.
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 Member States, officials of international organisations (ICAO, AFCAC, ACAO, and other sub-regional organisations) and representatives of Airports Council International (ACI) and of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Project team is typically approached by prospective Partner States interested in participating in the program and, based on the Partner State’s needs, activities will be chosen from the Project catalogue.
The capacity-building activities are mainly delivered by the CASE II Project’s in-house team of aviation security experts and a pool of experts released by ECAC Member States, who are selected in response to the needs of each activity (experience, field of expertise, language).