ACI EUROPE Calls on new EC to Prioritise Aviation Security Strategy

As the ACI EUROPE 2019 Aviation Security Summit takes place in Tel Aviv this week, hosted by Israel Airports Authority, Europe’s airports took the opportunity to call on the new European Commission to prioritise the development of an integrated risk-based aviation security system.

Olivier Jankovec, director general ACI EUROPE said: “We have been pretty successful over the past years in ensuring that our aviation security system effectively protects citizens. But, this is no time to rest on our laurels. The security threat in Europe remains very significant – and it has become more complex and diverse. This means that apart from relying on improved screening technology at airports, we must better leverage intelligence & data – so that security actually starts well before passengers reach our terminals. This would allow to build more deterrence in the system, including less predictable security checks but also less intrusive ones for passengers that do not represent a risk. This is about achieving a win-win-win situation: more efficient security, less hassle and better service for passengers and an optimum cost/benefit equation.”

He added “The Commission has started working on an Aviation Security Strategy for the Future. This project must be part of its priorities for the coming years. It should include a strong drive on developing and financing innovation capabilities. It should also involve the development of a European Trusted Air Passenger² programme similar to what the US has been doing for many years. ACI EUROPE is ready and willing to assist.” [More than 200 airports and over 7 million individuals are currently registered in the TSA Pre-Check programme in the USA].

ACI EUROPE further stressed the need for the EU to keep reinforcing cooperation with industry and also externally with international partners. The trade association raised concerns as to the risks involved in this regard, due to geopolitical tensions globally – and more specifically with

Brexit.

On this Olivier Jankovec commented: “Multilateralism is under attack and receding. Yet, stepping up international cooperation is a prerequisite if we want to defeat terrorism. Within Europe, the risks involved with a no-deal Brexit are not just of an economic nature. Despite all good intentions, security cooperation would diminish – simply because the EU’s formal structures that enable such cooperation would no longer involve the UK. This is not something that should be overlooked nor dismissed.”