A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals

Julian King 2018

Julian King, Member of the EC in charge of Security Union. © European Union , 2017 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Lukasz Kobus.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


The Commission is today reporting on progress made in building a genuine and effective Security Union since the October European Council.

Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, but more efforts are needed from the European Parliament and the Council to deliver results on all pending security proposals ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019.

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “We have already made enormous strides in our efforts to build a Security Union. We are now in the final mile of this legislature and we need to redouble our efforts to finish the job we started. Our citizens expect us to deliver a Europe that protects.”

Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said: “Following the decision by Member States on tackling terrorist content online, we’re ready to pursue an agreement with the European Parliament. We are also looking to finalise an agreement with the Parliament in the coming days on modernising EU-wide law enforcement databases. And we’re strengthening our collective efforts on tackling disinformation and other threats to the forthcoming European elections. Building the Security Union is a top priority.”

In today’s report, the Commission focuses on three main aspects crucial to complete a genuine and effective Security Union, including (1) completing legislative processes on priority security files; (2) enforcing new security laws across the EU; and (3) building resilience to evolving security threats.

  • Delivering on security initiatives: There are a number of priority security files still awaiting adoption by the European Parliament and the Council. This includes the proposals to make the EU’s security, migration and border management information systems interoperable, while the proposals to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard, remove terrorist content off the web and improve cross-border access to electronic evidence – crucial for internal security – should be adopted as a priority.
  • Enforcing new rules: New security laws are only as good as their implementation. With this in mind, the Commission calls on Member States to implement as a matter of priority the agreed rules on: passenger name records, countering terrorism, cybersecurity, access to weapons, money-laundering and data protection law enforcement.
  • Building resilience: The EU has set out concrete measures to counter disinformation in Europe and beyond, calling on online platforms to deliver on their responsibility to ensure free and fair elections. Steps have also been taken to further protect public spaces, including preparation of guidance material for public space protection and barrier systems, and to research new security solutions.

In addition, the Commission continues to work with internet companies to fight terrorist content online in the context of the EU Internet Forum. The Commission has also made available an additional €5 million under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to counter radicalisation through community and youth engagement (more information here) and €12 million under the Civil Society Empowerment Programme launched via the EU Internet Forum to strengthen counter-terrorist narratives online.

Finally, European security at home is linked to our actions beyond EU borders. To this end, the Commission is continuing negotiations with Canada on a Passenger Name Records Agreement. The Commission will also propose, jointly and as soon as possible, mandates to start negotiations with the U.S. and with the Council of Europe on obtaining cross border electronic evidence. On data exchange agreements within the Europol framework, the first round of negotiations with Turkey took place on 30 November and first discussions are ongoing with Israel, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

Background

Security has been a political priority since the beginning of the Juncker Commission’s mandate – from President Juncker’s Political Guidelines of July 2014 to the latest State of the Union Address on 12 September 2018.

On 14 December 2017, the presidents of the European Parliament, the rotating Presidency of the Council and the European Commission signed a Joint Declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019, which underlined the central importance of better protecting the security of citizens by placing it at the heart of the Union’s legislative work. Priority was given to initiatives designed to ensure that Member States’ authorities know who is crossing the common EU external border, to establishing interoperable EU information systems for security, border and migration management, and to reinforcing the instruments in the fight against terrorism and against money laundering.

The European Agenda on Security guides the Commission’s work in this area, setting out the main actions to ensure an effective EU response to terrorism and security threats, including countering radicalisation, boosting cybersecurity, cutting terrorist financing as well as improving information exchange. Since the adoption of the Agenda, significant progress has been made in its implementation, paving the way towards an effective and genuine Security Union. This progress is reflected in the Commission’s reports published on a regular basis.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Estonia is making public transport free

Sudan: Amidst deaths, injuries, imprisonments, UNICEF stresses children’s protection ‘at all times’

‘Laser-sharp focus’ needed to achieve Global Goals by 2030, UN political forum told

Why exporters need to mind the trade finance gap

6 ways least developed countries can participate in the 4IR

Tax revenues continue increasing as the tax mix shifts further towards corporate and consumption taxes

Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

$683 million appeal to deliver reproductive health services, where they’re most needed

Iraqis paying an ‘unthinkable price’ to be heard, UN envoy tells politicians in Baghdad

Women’s rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

“What a Wonderful World”: the unsettled relationship between Climate Change and Human Health

Trailing the US-EU economic confrontation

Coronavirus makes inequality a public health issue

Seven trends shaping the future of the mining and metals industry

EU confronts environmental threats as global leaders attempt to revive the global sentiment at NYC climate week

China’s New Normal and Its Relevance to the EU

Defence: European Commission paves the way for first joint industrial projects under EU budget

Why support for Latin America’s early tech hubs is vital for the region

Draghi hands over to banks €77.7 billion more

EU takes again positive action on migration crisis while Turkey asks for dear favors in exchange for cooperation

Chart of the day: These countries have seen the biggest falls in extreme poverty

Coal addiction ‘must be overcome’ to ease climate change, UN chief says in Bangkok

Libya: Thousands seek shelter in health clinics from Tripoli fighting, UN warns

Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment

DR Congo elections: ‘historic opportunity’ for ‘peaceful transfer of power’ says Security Council

Turkey presents a new strategy for EU accession but foreign policy could be the lucky card

Resolving banks with depositors’ money?

Chart of the day: When do young Europeans leave home?

UN unveils global influenza strategy to prevent ‘real’ threat of pandemic

Time to be welcome: Youth work and integration of young refugees

5 amazing people fighting to save the oceans

European Investment Advisory Hub sends projects worth €34 billion to European Investment Bank pipeline

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation

Coronavirus could trigger a hunger pandemic – unless urgent action is taken

#Travelgoals: why Instagram is key to understanding millennial tourism

Long-term EU budget: MEPs slam cuts to culture and education

What the COVID-19 pandemic teaches us about cybersecurity – and how to prepare for the inevitable global cyberattack

EU agricultural production no more a self-sufficiency anchor

UN chief urges peaceful, free and fair elections in Cameroon

Could implants treat people with brain disease? A young scientist explains

Coronavirus update: COVID-19 likely to cost economy $1 trillion during 2020, says UN trade agency

Sea urchins are overwhelming parts of the ocean. Could turning them into sushi be the solution?

Coronavirus: rescEU masks delivered to Spain, Italy and Croatia

UN agriculture chief urges ‘transformative changes’ to how we eat

Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team

Guterres condemns killing of Bangladeshi peacekeeper in South Sudan, during armed attack on UN convoy

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Hope’ on the horizon as UN Peacekeepers push deep into Mali

Trade Barriers Report: EU continues to open up markets outside Europe in midst of rising protectionism

How and why Mercedes fakes the EU fuel consumption tests

‘We need to stand up now’ for the elderly: urges UN rights expert on World Day

This AI is working with a fleet of drones to help us fight ocean plastic

Force used against protestors in Gaza ‘wholly disproportionate’ says UN human rights chief

Data is the new gold. This is how it can benefit everyone – while harming no one

Can Southeast Asia keep up with growing energy demand?

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commissioner Mimica looks at how the private sector can better deliver for international development

How to outsmart bias when you’re recruiting

Female leaders warn about the erosion of women’s rights

6 surprising side effects of this year’s global heatwave

Switzerland fast-tracks emergency aid for small businesses weathering COVID-19

This New York store is selling Christmas presents for refugees

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s