The European Union Aviation Security Mission (EUAVSEC) is the European Union’s first engagement in South Sudan under the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy and is financed within the framework of the EU’s Common Foreign & Security Policy.
Why South Sudan?
The mission responds to South Sudan's request for an EU support to strengthening security at Juba International Airport, as part of the international community’s overall assistance to the country. A key challenge for South Sudan is to establish a fully operational transport hub for commercial and passenger purposes. Improving the airport security will not only contribute to the fight against crime and international terrorism, but also enable the increased flow of people and goods, thus helping to boost trade and promote regional integration.
EUAVSEC South Sudan aims to assist and advise South Sudan to establish the aviation security organisation at the Ministry of Transport and to strengthen aviation security at Juba International Airport.
EUAVSEC will train and mentor security services, provide advice and assistance on aviation security, as well as support the coordination of security activities related to aviation.
EUAVSEC addresses specifically aviation security, which aims to prevent deliberate acts of unlawful interference against airports, aircraft, crew and passengers. It will not support the control of airspace or be involved in aviation safety, which refers to the prevention of accidents and thus to all technical matters involving flight and airport operations.
The mission has a non-executive mandate:Its aim is not to do security checks directly, but to enable South Sudanese authorities to build-up adequate capacities. Areas such as control of airspace, aviation safety, land- and riverine border management falls outside the scope of the missions mandate. Whilst EUAVSEC will contribute to strengthening the security at Juba International Airport, other instruments of EU and its Member States, as well as other international stakeholders, could create effective synergies by supporting the development of relevant infrastructure and institutions.
The EUAVSEC is led by Head of Mission, Mr Lasse Christensen, and has 34 international staff and 15 local staff. The mission's mandate lasts until January 2014.