EU Internal Security Strategy in Action: a Summary

The European Commission has presented its communication “The EU Internal Security Strategy in Action: Five steps towards a more secure Europe”. The document aims to outline a basis for concerted action to address common security challenges.

A summary of the main objectives and the proposed actions:

OBJECTIVE 1: Disrupt international crime networks

  • Action 1: Identify and dismantle criminal networks – including legislation on the collection of Passenger
  • Name Records, revising the EU Anti-Money Laundering legislation, more joint operations.
  • Action 2: Protect the economy against criminal infiltration – new rules on how to monitor and assist Member States’ anti-corruption efforts, policies to engage governmental and regulatory bodies responsible for granting licences, authorisations, procurement contracts or subsidies, initiatives to foster more effective enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Action 3: Confiscate criminal assets – strengthening the EU legal framework on confiscation, Member States must by 2014 establish Asset Recovery Offices.

OBJECTIVE 2: Prevent terrorism and address radicalisation and recruitment

  • Action 1: Empower communities to prevent radicalisation and recruitment – creation of an EU radicalisation-awareness network, a ministerial conference on the prevention of radicalisation and recruitment, a handbook of actions and experiences.
  • Action 2: Cut off terrorists’ access to funding and materials and follow their transactions – the EU action plans for preventing access to explosives (2008) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) substances (2009) need to be implemented as a priority, by way of both legislative and non legislative action, developing a policy for the EU to extract and analyse financial messaging data.
  • Action 3: Protect transport – extend existing work on urban transport security to cover (a) local and regional rail and (b) high-speed rail, including related infrastructure.

OBJECTIVE 3: Raise levels of security for citizens and businesses in cyberspace

  • Action 1: Build capacity in law enforcement and the judiciary – establishing a cybercrime centre, developing national cybercrime awareness and training capabilities.
  • Action 2: Work with industry to empower and protect citizens – developing national and European cybercrime alert platform, guidelines on cooperation on the handling of illegal internet content.
  • Action 3: Improve capability for dealing with cyber attacks – developing a network of national/governmental Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).

OBJECTIVE 4: Strengthen security through border management

  • Action 1: Exploit the full potential of EUROSUR – EUROSUR will establish a mechanism for Member States’ authorities to share operational information related to border surveillance.
  • Action 2: Enhancing the contribution of Frontex at the external borders – enabling Frontex to process and use key information on criminals involved in trafficking networks.
  • Action 3: Common risk management for movement of goods across external borders – options to improve EU level capabilities for risk analysis and targeting.
  • Action 4: Improve interagency cooperation at national level – Member States should start developing common risk analyses, proposal on improving coordination of border checks carried out by different national authorities.

OBJECTIVE 5: Increase Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters

  • Action 1: Make full use of the solidarity clause – proposal to put the solidarity clause into practice.
  • Action 2: An all-hazards approach to threat and risk assessment – developing EU risk assessment and mapping guidelines for disaster management, based on a multi-hazard and multi-risk approach, EU should establish a coherent risk management policy linking threat and risk assessments to decision making.
  • Action 3: Link up the different situation awareness centres – reinforcing the links between sector-specific early warning and crisis cooperation functions.
  • Action 4: Develop a European Emergency Response Capacity for tackling disasters – based on pre-committed Member States’ assets on-call for EU operations and pre-agreed contingency plans.

 

 

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