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Ministerial Council Decision No. 6/16: Enhancing the Use of Advance Passenger Information


Ministerial Council Decision on the establishment of advance passenger information systems in support of combatting terrorism


The Decision commits OSCE participating States to:

  • Establish national advance passenger information (API) systems in accordance with the provisions contained in ICAO’s Annex 9 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention) and aligned with the WCO/IATA/ICAO Guidelines on Advance Passenger Information (API), including those on privacy and data protection, in order to effectively collect passenger and/or crew data from airlines operating in their territories;
  • Consider establishing at the national level an interactive system to exchange API data (iAPI) in order to prevent the movement of foreign terrorist fighters in line with UN Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014) and 2309 (2016);
  • Adhere to ICAO Document 9082 “ICAO’s Policies on Charges for Airports and Air Navigation Services” in the context of establishing an API system, recognizing that States are responsible for ensuring the implementation of adequate security measures at airports;
  • Collaborate with all relevant national stakeholders in the implementation of national-level API systems, and consider establishing one authority to receive, on behalf of all other authorities, all forms of passenger data through one single window data entry point;
  • Increase the added value of API data by seeking to establish automated cross-checking of this data against relevant national, regional and international watch lists, in particular Interpol databases and UN Sanctions Lists;
  • Provide assistance to support other requesting participating States in establishing an API system;

OSCE executive structures are tasked, within their respective mandates and available resources, with:

  • Supporting global efforts in raising awareness of the requirements of UN Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014) and and 2309 (2016) on  advance passenger information and by determining the technical assistance needs of requesting participating States, as well as identifying potential donor assistance for capacity-building;
  • Supporting requesting participating States in the establishment of API systems, in co-operation with relevant international and regional organizations.