Brussels, 10 April 2013
Internal security: What progress has been made?
Organised crime is still a major challenge for the internal security of the EU. Cybercrime, along with trafficking in human beings and the increase in violent extremism are also major security threats that the EU continues to face, together with money laundering and corruption. These threats are outlined in the Commission's annual report on the implementation of the EU's Internal Security Strategy, released today. It highlights areas under each of the objectives of the strategy (2011-2014) where Member States and EU agencies should pay particular attention.
"One of the major threats to our internal security is organised crime and its detrimental effects on the European economy and the security of the European citizens. To go after the money, to disrupt organised criminal networks and reclaim the proceeds of crime, continues to be a key aim of the EU’s strategy", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.
The second annual report highlights progress in the following areas:
In 2013, as a concrete follow up to the priorities identified in the ISS, the Commission will, amongst other measures:
The strategy sets out a shared agenda for Member States, the European Parliament and EU agencies to address key challenges for the security of the European Union: serious organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime, border security, and the management of natural and man-made disasters.
In 2011, the Commission adopted its first report on implementation of the ISS. The next and last report will be presented in mid-2014.
Political initiatives and measures under the ISS are accompanied by substantial financial efforts. Since 2007 the Commission has funded the FP7 Security Research programme up to 1.4 billion of euros. More than 250 projects have been funded in areas such as the protection of citizens against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) materials, or man-made and natural events, critical infrastructure protection, crisis management capabilities, intelligent maritime and land border surveillance, etc.
Cecilia Malmström's website
Follow Commissioner Malmström on Twitter
DG Home Affairs website
Follow DG Home Affairs on Twitter