The Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) represents a historic and decisive step for the international civil aviation community to improve the coordination planning and response to counter the evolving threats to the civil aviation system, under the shared objective of enhancing the effectiveness of global aviation security. As a strategic document, this Plan calls for an action and efforts at global, regional and national levels to be developed by ICAO, States and stakeholders in raising the level of implementation of Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation – Security.
Seeing that air transport is a global activity with regional and national specificities, the GASeP, necessarily depends on the commitment of regional and local players related to the civil aviation sector for the achievement of global targets and key priorities as established in the Plan. The involvement of States and regions, taking into account regional challenges and priorities, will play a crucial role for the success of the Plan and to enhance the effectiveness of the aviation security system at a global level.
The regional GASeP implementation conference to be held in Lisbon, on the 29-31 May 2018, will represent a great opportunity to raise the awareness and commitment through the European and North Atlantic (EUR/ NAT) Region around GASeP shared objectives. The Conference will bring together representatives of EUR/ NAT Member States, industry and organizations to discuss the regional issues and approaches to aviation security, and it would be expected that common views can be built on critical priorities and engagement on a strategic Regional Roadmap.
The solutions for higher sustainability of the aviation security system, the management and response to the evolution of threats are an important value of the system that can contribute to improve international air transport connectivity and the promotion of tourism and economic development.
The Conference and the adoption of the Regional Roadmap can also be an opportunity for the EUR/ NAT aviation security community to discuss, learn and share information regarding some of the emergent issues that the civil aviation sector is facing related to traffic growth. The solutions for higher sustainability of the aviation security system, the management and response to the evolution of threats are an important value of the system that can contribute to improve international air transport connectivity and the promotion of tourism and economic development.
The outcomes resulting from the Lisbon regional Conference will guide the EUR/NAT aviation security community through the next years in a common and reciprocal understanding of the regional and global challenges, threat and risk picture.
Looking forward to welcoming you all in Lisbon!
Luis Miguel Ribeiro is the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority since July 2015, the regulator for the Portuguese civil aviation sector. He started his professional career in 1995, in the Ministry of Finance where he held different positions until 2010 (e.g. Deputy Director of the General Directorate of the Treasury). In 2010 he was appointed member of the Board of Metropolitano of Lisboa. In August 2012, he assumed the position of Member of the Board of ANA – Airports of Portugal, SA.
This article was originally written for the ICAO EUR/NAT Office’s Newsletter (Issue 3) on May 2018. A full list of their newsletters can be found here.