Within the context of the international exhibition EXPO2017, which is due to take place in Astana this year, the IRZ organised in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan a study visit on the subject “Law and security at airports”, which was held from 28 February to 2 March in Frankfurt/Main and Braunschweig. The delegation was made up of a representative from the main traffic public prosecutor's office for the RK, two representatives from the air traffic public prosecutor’s office in Astana and a representative from the Public Prosecutor General’s office for the Republic of Kazakhstan.

With the support of the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, it was possible to organise visits to the Federal Police Headquarters at Frankfurt/Main airport and to the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung or BFU) in Braunschweig.

The tour began with the Kazakh guests paying a visit to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt for expert discussions. Senior Public Prosecutor Dr. Albrecht Schreiber explained how public prosecutors lead investigations in the event of aircraft accidents, bomb threats and attacks and then answered questions from the participants.

At the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU), the Director Ulf Kramer presented the activities and tasks of the BFU. Accident investigator Jens Friedemann discussed technical issues. In the afternoon, there followed a visit to the testing laboratory and the hall where parts of wreckage are stored. Here there was a detailed look at the practical aspect of establishing the cause of aircraft accidents.

At the Federal Police Headquarters at Frankfurt/Main airport, the delegation was welcomed by Department Director Michael Dewenter. Thomas Reinke and Karsten Täschner introduced the organisation and tasks of the German police force. This was followed by an introduction to the tasks of the main customs office by section head Uta Ruge. In the afternoon, the delegation was given a practical briefing on passenger aviation security checks as well as on the automatic border control “EasyPASS”.

The leader of the Kazakh delegation suggested a follow-up event on the same subject in Astana and invited the German speakers to attend.