As of 1 February 2019, changes to EU legislation have come into force with respect to aviation and airport security rules, as a result of what is known as the “small amendments” exercise, whereby stakeholders and Member States may suggest changes to the existing legislation. The Commission then selects which amendments may be tabled, based on their orthodoxy with security principles – only measures deemed to maintain or increase the standard are brought to the table. The proposals for changes are then discussed by the whole stakeholder community within the SAGAS Committee, and the Member States (AVSEC) have the final say.
In order to help operators understand exactly what will change with this wave of small amendments, ACI Europe organised a meeting with stakeholders and representatives of DG MOVE on 17 January. Together with about a dozen of airport representatives, two representatives of ASSA-i Members, namely Securitas and G4S, and Catherine Piana, the ASSA-i DG, attended the meeting. A detailed report is available for the ASSA-i Members.
Amongst the issues discussed, are background checks, vehicle screening, including procedures and equipment, and other issues of interest to Private Security Services Suppliers at airports and in aviation.