Commission presents an Industrial Policy for the Security Industry:
extracts from the press conference by Antonio TAJANI, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship
Première transmission: 30/07/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 30/07/2012
Providing security is a central concern of any society. Recent natural disasters and terrorist attacks have highlighted the need to be better prepared for crisis situations. The European Commission has therefore proposed an action programme to boost Europe's security industry.
The programme should empower this industry - one of the sectors with the highest potential for growth and employment in the EU - to stay in Europe and to continue producing high quality security products.
The Commission proposes to create a true internal market for the security industry by inter alia:
- Harmonising standards and certification procedures for security technologies
- Better exploitation of synergies between (civil) security and defence research
- Novel funding schemes such as Pre-commercial Procurement to test and validate results stemming from EU security research projects introducing checks on the societal impact of new security technologies at the research stage.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (In Italian) saying that: It is an industrial sector that is vitally important in our eyes; it is consistently growing despite the crisis. It is estimate that the value of this market is of some 36 billion Euros and it provides some 180.000 jobs. This includes air security, maritime security, border security, protection of critical infrastructure and in terrorist intelligence including IT and communication security, physical security, crisis management and protective clawing.
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (In Italian) saying that: The objective of this action plan is to achieve a real internal market on security technology but also to conquer emerging markets. We want to ensure that our industry becomes ever more competitive in this sector. This is obviously a very specific sector and as a result in the communication we say that the Commission will take all steps necessary to achieve an internal market on technology and security but at the same time respecting the European charter of fundamental rights and in particular protection of privacy and protection of personal data.
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (In Italian) saying that: Our action plan is made of 8 different actions with different timelines. In order to overcome the fragmentation of the market, we need to address the issue of standardisation.
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (In Italian) saying that: As the text says we want to embark on an in-depth impact analysis and consultation of interested parties; two proposals represented one setting up, a certification system that is harmonized at an EU level for airport security equipment and also introducing harmonized certification system for alarm systems, the aim being mutual recognition of certification systems.
||Antonio Tjani leaving the press room