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Cooperation on security inspections

European Commission and the International Civil Aviation Organization start cooperation on aviation security inspections

Since 2003, both the European Commission and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have been performing aviation security audits and inspections in EU Member States, sharing the primary objectives of enhancing aviation security by evaluating the implementation of respective standards and identifying deficiencies, if any, and ensuring their rectification, where necessary.

Since most ICAO Standards on aviation security are also covered by Community legislation, and since the European Commission has enforcement powers to ensure the implementation of Community legislation on aviation security in EU Member States, the European Community and ICAO explored the possibilities for cooperation in this field.

As a result, a Memorandum of Cooperation between the European Community and ICAO on aviation security audits / inspections and related matters was signed on 17 September 2008 in Montreal.

The Memorandum of Cooperation allows ICAO to verify compliance with relevant ICAO Standards by assessing the European Commission inspections of national appropriate authorities of EU Member States, rather than visiting every Member State directly. The Memorandum of Cooperation will thus ensure better use of limited resources and avoid duplication of work, both for EU Member States as well as for airports and airlines.

The Memorandum of Cooperation will be implemented by ICAO and the European Commission, as represented by its Directorate-General for Energy and Transport.

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