EUP2P ATT-OP Study visit for Jamaican customs officials to London
Within the framework of the ATT Outreach Project II (ATT-OP II) and in cooperation with the British Border Force, BAFA organised a study visit for customs and enforcement officials from Jamaica to the Heathrow Airport in London on 9-13 July 2018. Following a request of the long-term partner Jamaica, the study visit took place in the facilities of the British Border Force near the airport. Jamaican participants received a general overview of the procedures at Heathrow airport as well as on the challenges for customs officials on site. The visit also represented a chance to discuss management and customs profiling with a particular focus on transit and transshipment matters, interagency cooperation and relations between customs and industry. In addition to the customs team at Heathrow, the event was supported by experts from Malta, the Netherlands and Germany.
The goal of 'EU ATT Outreach Project (EU ATT-OP)', as part of the European Union Partner-to-Partner (EUP2P) Export Control Programme, is to support the effective implementation of the ATT. Upon request, the project will support a number of States in strengthening their arms transfer control systems with a view to being able to implement the ATT. The project also aims to increase awareness and ownership of the ATT at national and regional levels and therein contribute to its universalisation. A second edition of the project was initiated on 29 May 2017 by Council Decision 2017/915 and it is co-implemented by BAFA and Expertise France. The EU ATT Outreach Project has three different components: 1) Tailored National Assistance Programmes; 2) Ad-hoc Activities; and 3) Regional Seminars. National assistance programmes are developed in close cooperation with partner countries. Key elements of national assistance programmes are: an initial needs assessment visit; inclusive roadmap development; and, practical support follow-up activities.