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                                                              Newsflash                         April 2011 | n°54




         News from the CoESS member federations | General CoESS news

              BSIA (UK CoESS member) welcomes considered approach in determining SIA future
              VPB (Dutch CoESS member) nominates Laetitia Griffith as new President of the association
              BSIA (UK CoESS member) reports: Driving down cash-in-transit crime


         News from ASSA-I – Aviation Security Services Association International

              “Flightpath 2050” report PRESENTED by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas at the 2011 Aerodays in Madrid
              Airport body scanners pose no risk, study reveals
              European passenger traffic up 5.3% during February
              Transport: Commission sets out next steps to strengthen the enforcement of air passenger rights
              Volcanic ash disruption: One year on and crisis preparedness
              Euro-View: Magnus Ovilius on Third Party Liability
              European Commission updates EU list of air carriers subject to operating ban
              Commission advises that the lifting of ‘duty-free’ liquid restrictions be deferred


         News from the European Union

              European Commission keen to set up new counter-terrorism office
              Drop in unemployment
              Inflation in the Euro area has picked up, but underlying price pressures remain subdued
              UK SIA launches new enforcement page
              The clock ticks for Treaty change
              Preparing for UK SIA transition
              Croatia moves closer to EU membership, Turkey stalls
              Gloomy prospects for Working Time Directive talks
              April 2011: Euro area inflation estimated at 2.8%




         News from the CoESS member federations | General CoESS news


             BSIA (UK CoESS member) welcomes considered approach in determining SIA future

                                       The British Security Industry Association (BSIA), active member of CoESS, has
                                       responded positively to announcements that the UK Security Industry Authority (SIA)
                                       has been removed from the Public Bodies Bill, claiming that the move will bring a
                                       more considered approach to the future of security industry regulation. James Kelly,
             Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: “We are pleased that this amendment to the Public Bodies Bill has



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            been agreed, not least because this allows the industry to work to a more appropriate timetable to determine
            – in conjunction with the regulator – the best form of future regulation.” The BSIA was instrumental in the
            establishment of the Security Alliance, a single-issue body formed in response to the Government’s earlier
            announcement that the SIA would be abolished, which has also welcomed this latest development. The future
            of the SIA and security industry regulation as a whole will now be dealt with in a separate piece of primary
            legislation.

               Source: British Security Industry Association (BSIA) | March 28, 2011
               For further information, please consult the BSIA website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/home/OR613D946191.

            VPB (Dutch CoESS member) nominates Laetitia Griffith as new President of the association

                            The Board of Directors of VPB, the Dutch private security association, active member of CoESS,
                            has found a suitable successor for current President Tjibbe Joustra. The Board reached
                            agreement with Laetitia Griffith to take over the chairperson’s gavel. During VPB’s general
                            meeting on June 20, 2011 the Board will ask VPB’s membership to validate this nomination.

               Source: VPB Checklist | March 2011
               For further information, please consult the VPB website (Dutch):
                http://www.vpb.nl/media/documents/notitie-11-1663-vpb-Persbericht_aantreden_Griffith.pdf.

            BSIA (UK CoESS member) reports: Driving down cash-in-transit crime

                                       A continued commitment to fighting cash-in-transit crime follows the publication of
                                       industry statistics that show cash-in-transit criminals now have a higher chance of
                                       being caught and convicted. Intelligence gathered by the British Security Industry
                                       Association (BSIA), active member of CoESS, shows that attacks against cash-in-
            transit couriers remain a serious problem, with no let-up in the levels of violence offenders resort to in order to
            commit these crimes. Although the number of attacks decreased overall in 2010 compared to 2009, the use of
            firearms, blades and blunt weapons remained the same, causing over 100 injuries to cash-in-transit crew
            members as they perform this essential public service. Police and industry have been working in partnership to
            ensure that cash-in-transit offenders fail to profit from their crimes. In areas such as London, Merseyside and
            Greater Manchester – traditional hot-spots for cash-in-transit crime – police detection rates reached highs of
            almost 50% in 2010, meaning that many criminals now stand a 50/50 chance of being caught and convicted.

               Source: British Security Industry Association (BSIA) | April 21, 2011
               For further information, please consult the BSIA website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/company-
                finder/cvit/OJMHJL710071.




Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS)                                                                               2
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         News from ASSA-I – Aviation Security Services Association International


            “Flightpath 2050” report presented by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas at the 2011 Aerodays in
            Madrid

            European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, presented at this year’s
            Aeronautical Days on March 30, 2011 in Madrid a new long-term vision prepared by a high-level group on
            aviation and aeronautics research. The report is a first follow-up to some of the measures regarding aviation
            that had been put forward in the White Paper on Transport, adopted on March 28, 2011. The vision for 2050
            lays out how and where the European research priorities should be set to bring clear EU added value, so as to
            preserve EU growth and competitiveness worldwide, whilst meeting market needs as well as energy and
            environmental challenges. The report was prepared for Commissioners Kallas and Geoghegan-Quinn,
            responsible for research and innovation, by representatives from the infrastructure, vehicle, operation, fuel
            and research sectors. The high-level group on aviation and aeronautics research was created in December 2010
            and the central message of the report is to promote global leadership of the European industry and a
            competitive, clean, safe and secure aviation by 2050, with citizens’ and society’s needs at the heart of the
            strategy.

               Source: European Commission | March 30, 2011
               For further information and to read the Flightpath 2050 report, please consult the European Commission
                website: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air/hlg_aviation_aeronautics_en.htm.

            Airport body scanners pose no risk, study reveals

            The radiation doses emitted by full-body airport scanners used at US airports do not pose health risks, even
            among frequent flyers, according to a new study by the University of California. The research has revealed that
            the scans deliver an extremely small amount of radiation, equivalent to three to nine minutes of the radiation
            received through normal daily living. US airports currently have 486 full-body scanners in place and another
            1,000 are planned to be deployed across the country by the end of 2011.

               Source: Airport Technology | March 31, 2011
               For further information, please consult the Airport Technology website: http://www.airport-
                technology.com/news/news114797.html.

            European passenger traffic up 5.3% during February

            The overall passenger traffic at European airports increased by +5.3% in February 2011 compared with
            February 2010. The overall freight traffic among European airports increased +3.4% in February 2011 when




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            compared with the corresponding month in 2010. The overall figure for movements at European airports
            increased +3.6% in February 2011 when compared with February 2010.

               Source: Airports Council International (ACI) Europe | April 6, 2011
               For further information, please consult the ACI Europe website: http://www.aci-
                europe.org/upload/11_04_06%20European%20passenger%20traffic%20up%20in%20Feb%20PRESS%20RE
                LEASE.pdf.

            Transport: Commission sets out next steps to strengthen the enforcement of air passenger rights

            European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas announced a series of measures to clarify and strengthen the
            enforcement of passenger rights legislation, so consumers can more effectively access their rights and industry
            has more certainty and a level playing field across the EU. Vice-President Kallas also announced his intention to
            open a dialogue with stakeholders with a view to revising the EU’s air passenger rights Regulation 261 – with a
            proposal from the Commission in 2012. The review would look to clarify, in particular, key issues such as limits
            for liability in case of extraordinary circumstances, compensation thresholds, effective rerouting of passengers,
            shared risk between operators in the supply chain and other issues where there are weaknesses, including
            protection in the case of mishandled luggage or rescheduled flights.

               Source: European Commission | April 11, 2011
               For further information, please consult the European Commission website:
                http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/457.

            Volcanic ash disruption: One year on and crisis preparedness

            One year after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in April 2010, a wide range of follow-up measures have been taken –
            as agreed by Ministers at the Transport Council of May 4, 2010 on the basis of proposals by the European
            Commission – at international, EU and national level to improve crisis preparedness in aviation, particularly in
            relation to volcanic ash. The European Commission, Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety Agency
            participated in the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) simulation exercise on April 13-14, 2011 to
            test the effectiveness of the changes to the ICAO volcanic ash contingency plan for Europe and procedures. The
            Commission, based on these results as well as its assessment of progress to date, will report back to Transport
            Ministers in June 2011.

               Source: European Commission | April 12, 2011
               For further information, please consult the European Commission website:
                http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/235.




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            Euro-View: Magnus Ovilius on Third Party Liability

                               Magnus Ovilius from Smiths Detection gave an interview in Security Europe on third party
                               liability in which he states that unlimited liability after a terrorist incident exposes industry
                               to disproportionate risk and that an EU answer to the Safety Act is needed. Smiths and
                               other European companies are concerned that exposure is becoming disproportionate and
                               in extreme cases could overwhelm their financial capacity to respond. Europe should follow
                               the US example and create legislation that would cap this liability at a competitive level,
                               allowing security technology and service providers to continue to provide the world-class
                               products needed to protect European citizens.

               Source: SecEUR | April 2011
               To read the full article, please consult the SecEUR website: http://seceur-dev.artwhere0.com/en/euro-
                view-magnus-ovilius-on-third-party-liability.html.

            European Commission updates EU list of air carriers subject to operating ban

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            On April 19, 2011 the European Commission adopted the 17 update of the list of airlines banned in the
            European Union. Some airlines – including four all-cargo air carriers from Indonesia and one air carrier from
            Ukraine – have been removed from the list as safety concerns have been satisfactorily addressed. However, all
            air carriers certified in Mozambique have been banned from flying into the EU as have the operations of Air
            Madagascar for two specific aircraft because of significant safety deficiencies requiring decisive action in both
            cases. All decisions were taken with the unanimous support of the Air Safety Committee, which consists of
            experts from the Member States.

               Source: European Commission | April 19, 2011
               For further information, please consult the European Commission website:
                http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm.

            Commission advises that the lifting of ‘duty-free’ liquid restrictions be deferred

            Vice-President of the European Commission, Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, is advising EU Member
            States to defer for a limited period the removal of restrictions on the carriage of duty free liquids in hand
            luggage, originally due on April 29, 2011. In recent days, a growing number of Member States decided to
            maintain the ban on carrying duty free liquids purchased in third countries beyond this date. The Commission
            advice is issued in order to avoid a situation which would not have facilitated travel but rather caused
            confusion for passengers.




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            The Commission will conduct a review of the situation together with Member States and consult with the
            United States as one of the key destinations of flights from the EU.

               Source: European Commission | April 29, 2011
               For further information, please consult the European Commission website:
                http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/262.



         News from the European Union


            European Commission keen to set up new counter-terrorism office

                                                         The European Commission is testing the water for creating a new
                                                         EU internal security body on the model of Catherine Ashton’s
                                                         European External Action Service (EEAS). Speaking at a European
                                                         Parliament hearing in Brussels on March 30, 2011, Commission
                                                         Counter-Terrorism Director Olivier Luyckx envisaged a new entity
                                                         that would pull together existing security agencies Cepol, Cosi,
            Eurojust, Europol and Frontex under EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove. Luyckx cited
            Guideline V on Operational Coordination of the EU’s recently adopted Internal Security Strategy as containing
            the “embryo” of the project. He underlined that the new body would not be an EU intelligence service which
            carries out its own operations in the field.

               Source: EUobserver | March 31, 2011
               For further information, please consult the EUobserver website: http://euobserver.com/9/32104.

            Drop in unemployment

            Unemployment in the Euro area has fallen below 10% for the first time in more than a year. The seasonally
            adjusted unemployment rate in February 2011 was 9.9%, down from 10% the month before, and the lowest
            since December 2009, according to figures from the European Commission’s statistics office, Eurostat. In the
            EU as a whole, the jobless rate was 9.5% in February 2011, a slight fall from January 2011’s 9.6%.

               Source: Eurostat | April 1, 2011
               For further information, please consult the Eurostat website:
                http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/3-01042011-AP/EN/3-01042011-AP-EN.PDF.




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            Inflation in the Euro area has picked up, but underlying price pressures remain subdued

                                       The European Commission’s quarterly report on the Euro area concludes that the
                                       main reason for the acceleration of inflation in recent months is higher commodity
                                       prices, whereas domestically-generated inflation pressures remain subdued. The
                                       report also welcomes the recent milestones in strengthening the economic
                                       governance in the Euro area as decisive steps to safeguard the financial stability
                                       and restore confidence among market participants. The comprehensive response
                                       to the crisis agreed at the European Council on March 24, 2011 represents a
                                       systemic overhaul of European economic policy, with the creation of the European
                                       Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Euro Plus Pact at its heart. The report shows
                                       that raising the capital requirements for banks would be associated with a
                                       significant reduction in GDP volatility, but may come at the expense of slightly
                                       lower GDP growth in the medium term. Secondly, business survey data reveal that
            the current recovery remains on track but is nonetheless associated with comparatively weak and unbalanced
            GDP growth, and shows features on both the consumer and the corporate sides which may weigh on growth
            over the medium term.

               Source: European Commission | April 8, 2011
               To view the European Commission’s quarterly report, please consult the European Commission website:
                http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/qr_euro_area/2011/pdf/qrea1_en.pdf.

            UK SIA launches new enforcement page

            The United Kingdom Security Industry Authority (SIA) has launched a new webpage highlighting enforcement
            activities led or assisted by investigators from the Compliance and Investigation team. The ‘Enforcement
            Operations’ page contains details of locations where operations took place, the number of sites inspected,
            details of partners involved and the total number of offences found.

               Source: UK Security Industry Authority (SIA) | April 8, 2011
               To view the Enforcement Operations page, please consult the UK SIA website:
                http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/pages/enforcement.aspx.

            The clock ticks for Treaty change

            A little more than a year after the Lisbon Treaty came into effect, it is already plain that Lisbon is not the final
            word. The Eurozone crisis has thrown up a need – in the eyes of Germany at least – for the Treaty to be
            amended so that it explicitly permits a bail-out mechanism. The text of a Treaty change has been agreed by the
            European Council and sent to national capital for the start of ratification. The Member States are already
            ratifying (in as low-key a manner as possible) a change to rewrite the provisions of Lisbon in order to increase
            the size of the European Parliament by 18 MEPs. The Parliament is about to vote on a wish-list of further
            changes, including a contentious plan to have 25 Members of the Parliament elected from a transnational




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            electoral list. Although the Member States are under no obligation to accede to the Parliament’s wishes, there
            are further changes to the Treaty to come.

               Source: European Voice | April 20, 2011
               To read the article in full, please consult the European Voice website:
                http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/the-clock-ticks-for-treaty-change/70869.aspx.

            Preparing for UK SIA transition

            Skills for Security, as a member of the Security Alliance assisting with the United Kingdom Security Industry
            Authority (SIA) transition process, needs to ensure that existing National Occupational Standards (NOS) will be
            up-to-date and fit for purpose when the changes take place. During 2011-2012, three Advisory Working Groups
            will be reviewing the NOS for Close Protection (starting in June 2011), followed by CCTV Operations and Cash &
            Valuables in Transit, both from autumn 2011.

               Source: Skills for Security | April 20, 2011
               For further information, please consult the Skills for Security website:
                http://www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk/index.php/happening/2/178.

            Croatia moves closer to EU membership, Turkey stalls

                                         On April 19, 2011 Croatia concluded negotiations in two more areas, agriculture
                                         and budgetary issues, getting closer to finishing EU accession talks by the end of
                                         June 2011. Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi said the target of
                                         completing negotiations by the end of June is “ambitious, but achievable”,
                                         provided Croatia steps up efforts in fighting corruption and organised crime and in
                                         cooperating with the international war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Also on April
                                         19, 2011 a meeting with the Turkish negotiation team merely took stock of the
            halted process. Talks may be opened in the area of competition in June 2011. Only 13 out of the EU’s
            negotiation chapters have been opened with Turkey and just one of those was completed.

               Source: EUobserver | April 20, 2011
               For further information, please consult the EUobserver website: http://euobserver.com/9/32216.

            Gloomy prospects for Working Time Directive talks

            Trade unions and employers’ groups are set to start dialogue on the Working Time Directive before autumn
            2011 even though they disagree over the scope of the talks. Meanwhile, MEPs remain pessimistic about the
            chances that the two sides will eventually strike an agreement. Late last year the European Commission
            published a paper following a consultation on the scope for amending the Working Time Directive, after
            previous attempts to revisit it failed spectacularly in 2009. The next phase in attempting to amend the Directive
            is on hold while the social partners – representatives of workers and employers – decide if they want to get



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            together to try and agree how the law can be changed. Now the social partners have indicated that they will be
            ready to begin a dialogue from June 2011 at the earliest, and before the end of September 2011. Negotiations
            on amending the Directive failed in 2009 over issues such as the opt-out provisions allowing the UK and other
            countries to go beyond the agreed weekly 48-hour working cap. Other controversial issues up for review
            include the extent to which ‘on-call’ time should be counted as working time under the Directive – something
            doctors and nurses are following with interest – and carve-outs designed to allow employers to pay
            compensation in lieu of working hours.

               Source: EurActiv | April 26, 2011
               For further information, please consult the EurActiv website:
                http://www.euractiv.com/en/socialeurope/gloomy-prospects-working-time-directive-talks-news-504242.

            April 2011: Euro area inflation estimated at 2.8%

            Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 2.8% in April 2011 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat,
            the statistical office of the European Union. It was 2.7% in March 2011.

               Source: Eurostat | April 29, 2011
               For further information, please consult the Eurostat website:
                http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/2-29042011-BP/EN/2-29042011-BP-EN.PDF.



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