High Level Group on Aviation Security meets
Today Vice-President Kallas jointly with Commissioner Malmström had invited the Belgian EU Presidency represented by Minister Turtelboom and State Secretary Schouppe to discuss aviation security issues. The High Level Group to which EU Counter-terrorism coordinator de Kerchove has been associated expressed concern that civil aviation continues to be the target of terrorist activities. It committed itself to thoroughly analyse the present threat situation and to recommend appropriate action, while noting that aviation is already subject to high levels of security measures. The group will pass its conclusions in form of a report to the councils of EU Transport Ministers and EU Interior Ministers to their respective next meetings on 2 December 2010.
The High Level Group will be assisted by transport and security experts mandated to set out detailed recommendations and report back after their joint meeting to be held on 24 and 25 November. The experts are asked to address particular attention to issues such as international cooperation, implementation and further development of aviation security measures, ways for enhancing security methods and improving available technology. A more effective exchange of threat information between security and intelligence services as well as transport operators will be a further issue to be looked at in more detail.