EUROPE & CIS: EU adopts air cargo security action plan

European Commission vice-president Siim Kallas has made three recommendations on the EU’s response to the 30 October security alert, triggered by the discovery of bombs in cargo shipments originating from Yemen and transferring to US-bound flights at airports in Germany and the UK. These include: New harmonised EU cargo and mail security controls with the […]


European Commission vice-president Siim Kallas has made three recommendations on the EU’s response to the 30 October security alert, triggered by the discovery of bombs in cargo shipments originating from Yemen and transferring to US-bound flights at airports in Germany and the UK. These include: New harmonised EU cargo and mail security controls with the Commission to put forward new legislative proposals in relation to cargo originating from outside the EU. These proposals are likely to include requirements on EU carriers bringing cargo from countries outside the EU. The EU will also invest in research to improve current detection technologies and to develop new ones. Secondly, the EU will look to facilitate better intelligence and threat information sharing. Lastly the need for a global approach will be emphasised, with the Commission urging contracting states to swiftly implement ICAO’s latest revision to Annex 17 which enhances cargo security . Since the Yemen incident, some politicians in Europe and the US have said all air-cargo should be inspected, but Kallas said screening 100 per cent of freight would be impractical. “We should not fall into the trap of overreacting,” Kallas said. “That would be a victory for our enemies.”