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European Commission sets action plan to strengthen cargo security

3-Dec-2010 8:54 AM

European Commission announced (02-Dec-2010) Vice-President Siim Kallas and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström presented, at the Transport Council and Home Affairs Council, a European action plan to strengthen air cargo security. The action plan will allow the emergency security measures put in place by several EU Member States to be replaced by a joint EU approach to address the new threat caused to civil aviation. The strategies proposed will be implemented simultaneously and include; new harmonised EU cargo and mail security controls, EU coordination and a "global approach".

European Commission: "Security standards at European airports are widely acknowledged as being amongst the highest in the world. Our legislation already sets out stringent standards for air cargo security, but the threat is evolving and we must keep our defences under constant review. That is why we convened rapidly a high-level group involving Commission and Presidency to draw up a joint set of EU actions to address the new threat within a short timeframe. I call on the Council to endorse the action plan." Siim Kallas, transport Commissioner. [more]