Latest update 13/12/2016: please see below for more details.
The EU’s Stakeholder Advisory Group for Aviation Security (SAGAS) is a formally constituted consultation body that meets approximately 6 times a year. Membership consists of the European Commission (DG-MOVE), member state security representatives and industry representatives.
Following the attacks of 9/11, the EU started to produce legislation to harmonise security procedures for all member states and those that have signed bi-lateral agreements to implement the same ‘base line’ standards (Norway, Switzerland and Iceland). These harmonised regulations are subject to continuous evaluation and improvement. Member states are still however responsible for the assessment of risk and threat to their own state and may impose ‘more stringent measures’ on airlines and at airports registered or operating into their state.
ERA’s Current Position
The events of 9/11 led to a huge increase in the level and therefore cost of security, both on the ground and in-flight. Consequently, the financing of new measures was on the policy agenda of the European Union. However the new Parliament elected in 2014 has withdrawn the policy discussions regarding funding and will leave this to individual member states.
Latest update 13/12/2016: The report on the November 2016 meeting is now available to download from this page.
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