World Border Security Congress

European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP) supports World Border Security Congress

The organisers of World Border Security Congress have announced the support of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP) for next year’s World Border Security Congress in Madrid, from the 20th-22nd March 2018.

They also announced that James Douglass IPM, Ports Protective Security Lead, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, UK and President of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP) will be speaking at the event in the session on ‘Foreign fighters and counter-terrorism strategies at the border’.

Conference Chairman John Donlon QPM said “We are delighted to have the support of the EAASP who support key frontline officers tackling the multiple challenges faced at European airports, ports and borders. We are also especially pleased to welcome James Douglass to the event for the first time and look forward to sharing his insight and expertise on this important issue, which will undoubtedly will be one of the highlights of the programme .”

World Border Security Congress will be held in Madrid, Spain from the 20-22 March 2018.

ICAO TRIP Strategy Strengthens Border Control Efforts

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu delivered the opening address to 180 government and industry seminar participants at the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar in Antigua and Barbuda last week, acknowledging that global implementation of ICAO’s related Security and Facilitation provisions must be augmented.

“The ICAO TRIP strategy is designed to assist States in enhancing the fight against terrorism, reducing cross-border crime, and combating various threats to international civil aviation,” he highlighted. “It supports efforts relating to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2178 and 2309, as well as State capacities relating to the establishment, protection, and management of citizen identity to permit more dependably secure travel document production and border control systems.”

As part of the ‘Identity and Biometrics at the Border – Compliance, Application and Implementation’ session at this year’s World Border Security Congress in Morocco, 21-23 March, Florian Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Department of Migration Management (DMM), International Organization for Migration (IOM) will discuss the ICAO TRIP strategy in detail.

This session will see contributions from:
– Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain; and
– Ben Ball, Government Market Director, Crossmatch
This will discuss how ease of travel for bona fide travellers has not become less burdensome, it has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas. How can biometrics can be implemented in compliance within legal, privacy and data protection requirements. And be more effectively applied and integrated with trusted traveller programmes and other data sources to ensure the integrity of the traveller to speed up the travel process?

Another related session includes discussions on:
Standardization of Systems and Making Advanced Passenger Information (API) Work
There are many trusted traveller programmes available, yet few integrate and communicate to create a more global benefit of passenger clearance and information sharing. Standardization of systems has not occurred despite lots of talk at ICAO, IATA. Is it possible for standardisation to occur and how can API and PNR sharing be made to work more effectively?

Latest confirmed speakers at the World Border Security Congress include:
• Abdellatif Amrani, Director of Prevention and Litigation, Customs Administration and Indirect Taxes, Morocco
• Ulrik Ahnfeldt-Mollerup, Programme Officer, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)
• Johann Wagner, UNCCT Senior Border Advisor, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre
• Vice Admiral Ari Soedewo, Head of Maritime Security Board, Republic of Indonesia
• Major General Abul Hossain, ndc, psc; Director General, Border Guard Bangladesh

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

Supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association for Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, the World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit World Border Security Congress www.world-border-congress.com

Terror attacks spur upgrade of EU border checks

Security agencies told to update database in drive to keep track of suspects

Brussels is proposing to bolster the way law enforcement agencies share border control data to address weaknesses exposed by terror attacks across Europe during the past two years.

The European Commission said steps were needed to strengthen the border control database known as the Schengen Information System and improve co-operation in tracking terror suspects.

The moves are part of a broader plan to strengthen counterterrorism legislation in the wake of attacks in France, Belgium and Germany that have killed more than 250 people in a little more than 12 months. In Germany, a hunt was under way for the driver of the truck claimed the lives of 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market.

The SIS enables border guards and police to share information across the EU. It was set up to facilitate frontier checks and searches for criminals moving around the passport-free Schengen zone. While the system is seen as a technical success, the attacks have revealed flaws in how it is used.

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European Commission proposes a European Travel Information and Authorisation System

The European Commission is proposing to establish a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to strengthen security checks on visa-free travellers. The ETIAS will gather information on all those travelling visa-free to the European Union to allow for advance irregular migration and security checks. This will contribute to a more efficient management of the EU’s external borders and improve internal security, whilst at the same time facilitating legal travel across Schengen borders.

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Securing our borders and protecting our citizens is our first priority. ETIAS will close an information gap by cross-checking visa exempt applicants’ information against all our other systems. At the same time, the future ETIAS will be easy, quick, cheap and effective.”

Identity, Biometrics and Advanced Passenger Information (API) at the Border will be some of the key subjects addressed at next year’s World Border Security Congress to be held in Morocco 21-23 March 2017.

These two open discussions in the programmes are:

Identity and Biometrics at the Border – Compliance, Application and Implementation
Ease of travel for bona fide travellers has not become less burdensome, it has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas. How can biometrics can be implemented in compliance within legal, privacy and data protection requirements. And be more effectively applied and integrated with trusted traveller programmes and other data sources to ensure the integrity of the traveller to speed up the travel process?

Standardization of Systems and Making Advanced Passenger Information (API) Work
There are many trusted traveller programmes available, yet few integrate and communicate to create a more global benefit of passenger clearance and information sharing. Standardization of systems has not occurred despite lots of talk at ICAO, IATA. Is it possible for standardisation to occur and how can API and PNR sharing be made to work more effectively?

Confirmed speakers discussing these topics include:
– Josef Iroko, General Legal Counsel Board Secretary , Ghana National Identification Authority, Ghana
– Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain
– Ben Ball, Government Market Director, Crossmatch
– Mam Sait Jallow, Regional Director, ICAO, WACAF Office
– Andrew Priestley, Border Management Solutions Manager, Rockwell Collins

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

Additional confirmed speakers include:
– Hans de Moel, Policy Officer, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Netherlands
– Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain
– Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement,  Finnish Customs, Finlan
– Alvaro Rodriguez-Gaya, Head of Strategy and Outreach – European Migrant Smuggling Centre, EUROPOL
– Dr Anthony Luka Elumelu, Head of Division Free Movement & Migration, ECOWAS Commission
– Simon Deignan, Counter Terrorism Officer, OSCE
– Peter van den Berg, President, European Association of Airport & Seaport Police
– Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Commander, EU Naval Force Mediterranean

Supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association for Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, the World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit www.world-border-congress.com.

President of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police to speak at this year’s World Border Security Congress

As political uncertainty and conflict around the world continues to fuel international terrorism and the global migration crisis, policy makers and practitioners from border management, immigration, customs, policing and security organisations will gather in strategically important city of Casablanca, Morocco, to discuss the issues, gain insight, collaborate and cooperate to make our borders safer and more secure.

As part of the high-level discussion, Peter van den Berg, President of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police, will speak in the session ‘Building Coherent Global Border Management Response Against Illegal Migration and International Terrorism’ discussing the EAASP perspective on maritime and aviation challenges in detecting and preventing terrorists and criminal activity and how to encourage cooperation between the communities for the development of improved security measures.

Controlling and managing international borders in the 21st Century continues to challenge the border control and immigration agencies around the world. It is generally agreed that in a globalised world borders should be as open as possible, but threats continue to remain in ever evolving circumstances and situations.

Other speakers at the World Border Security Congress include:
• Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs, Finland
• Alvaro Rodriguez-Gaya, Head of Strategy and Outreach – European Migrant Smuggling Centre, EUROPOL
• Dr Anthony Luka Elumelu, Head of Division Free Movement & Migration, ECOWAS Commission
• Simon Deignan, Counter Terrorism Officer, OSCE
• Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Commander, EU Naval Force Mediterranean
• Rear Admiral Dr Hatem Albesher, Assistant of the General Department Director for Legal Affairs & International Cooperation, Saudi Border Guards and Chairman, Saudi Maritime Center for Consultations and Services, Saudi Arabia
• Peter Nilsson, Project Manager, Border Police Division, AIRPOL
• Muhammed Babandede MFR, Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria
• Lieutenant-Colonel Olga Derkach PhD, Senior Officer, International cooperation and Eurointegration Department, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
• Lieutenant-General Vasyl Servatiuk, The First Deputy Head, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

The World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association of Airport & Seaport Police, International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals

World Border Security Congress will be held in Morocco 21-23 March 2017.

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