17 June 2014: The evolution of the terrorist threat and of radicalisation patterns call for more efforts to counter extremism that leads to violence. On 17th June, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström hosted a High Level conference in Brussels where experts, practitioners and policy makers from all over Europe shared their experiences and discussed concrete actions for better prevention.
28 May 2014: A total of 152 terrorist attacks were carried out in the EU last year. There was also a sustained number of Europeans taken hostage by groups or individuals linked to religiously inspired terrorism. The yearly EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report from the European police authority, Europol, summarises the extent of this security threat.
15 January 2014: Terrorist and violent extremist activities have evolved and are a growing, significant threat within the EU. The European Commission has identified 10 areas in which Member States and the EU are called to reinforce their actions to prevent all types of extremism that leads to violence.
21 October 2013: Over the last few years, tragic gun attacks in Europe have repeatedly caught our attention, notably in Norway, Belgium, Finland, France or Italy to mention but a few. No country is unaffected and in the EU as a whole, more than one thousand people are victims of homicide by firearms each year. Now, the European Commission is presenting suggestions for how to reduce gun related violence in Europe. It identifies actions at EU level, through legislation, operational activities, training and EU funding, to address the threats posed by the illegal use of firearms.
17 April 2013: On April 17 and 18, the EU Member States anti-terrorist police forces united as part of the EU-sponsored ATLAS Network, carrying out the most complex preparation and crises response simulation so far at European level. The simulation involved simultaneous terrorist attacks in 9 different EU Member States - Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Romania.
27 March 2013: The European Commission is proposing to make the EU law enforcement Agency (Europol) more effective at collecting information, analysing it and sharing these analyses with the Member States. This will let Europol provide more concrete and targeted support to the national law enforcement authorities in their cross-border cooperation and investigations. At the same time, the proposal increases Europol's accountability to the European Parliament and the national Parliaments and strengthens the protection of personal data.
31 January 2013: Europe is entering an important new era in the supply and demand for illicit drugs — a development which is challenging current policies and responses. This is according to the first joint EU drug markets report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol. The two EU agencies have joined forces to provide the first strategic analysis of the European illicit drug market in its entirety.
12 March 2012: Every year in Europe, hundreds of billions of euro go straight into the pockets of criminal gangs and the mafia. Despite efforts by law enforcement around Europe, much of the illegal profits remain in the hands of criminals. On Monday, the Commission proposed new rules for more effective and widespread confiscation of funds and other property acquired through crime. This will enhance the ability of Member States to confiscate assets that have been transferred to third parties, it will make it easier to confiscate criminal assets even when the suspect has fled and will ensure that competent authorities can temporarily freeze assets that risk disappearing if no action is taken.
8 March 2012: Through new EU legislation adopted Thursday by the Council, Europe establishes stronger regulations to effectively fight illegal arms trafficking. It establishes requirements for exports, imports and transit licensing, and makes it easier to track weapons. The illegal firearms' trade generates about €180 million per year globally. The legislation was proposed by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in 2010.
10 February 2012: This week, it is precisely two years since Cecilia Malmström started her mandate as EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. During these 24 months, issues in her political portfolio have been high on the agenda of Europe, including migration and asylum matters, radicalisation and terrorism, and the fight against organized crime.
12 January 2012: An international organised crime network, responsible for the large-scale production and trafficking of synthetic drugs, has been broken up following an extensive investigation by European law enforcement authorities. The operation has resulted in the arrest of the key members of the criminal network, the discovery of 3 illegal drug production facilities and the seizure of over 100 kg of amphetamine, significant quantities of drug precursors, ammunition, firearms and explosives.
30 June 2011: The negotiators of the three EU institutions – the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission have found a political agreement on the text of the Directive on combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.
22 June 2011: The negotiators of the three EU institutions – the European Parliament, the Council, and the European Commission, today reached a political agreement on giving the External Border Agency Frontex a stronger mandate to carry out its tasks.
1 April 2011: Today, 1 April, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announces an award of 100 000 euro to the police officer who makes most progress in fighting eurocrimes, as defined in Article 83(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. These crimes are: terrorism, trafficking in human beings, sexual exploitation of women and children, illicit drug trafficking, illicit arms trafficking, money laundering, corruption, counterfeiting of means of payment, computer crime and organised crime.
8 November 2010: On Friday 5th of November EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström visited Orestiada in Greece, following the deployment of the EU Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) to support Greece in controlling its border.
4 November 2010: On Friday the 5th of November EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström visits Greece. Following the deployment of EU border control specialists, Cecilia Malmström will visit the border between Greece and Turkey, talk to the Frontex Rapid Border Intervention Teams and visit a centre for asylum seekers.
6 October 2010: Two days meetings in Libya between EU Commissioners Cecilia Malmström and Stefan Füle on the one part and representatives from the Libyan authorities on the other resulted in an agreement between the EU and Libya on a plan for cooperation in the coming years on issues related to asylum, migration, and international protection.
4 June 2010: Monday 7 June, Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will be in Malmö and Lund in southern Sweden. On the agenda are discussions on trafficking in human beings with the Malmö Border Police, a visit to the aid organisation Tamam, and meetings with the Swedish Migration Board in Malmö.
27 May 2010: Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström attended a conference in Warsaw on Tuesday, at the fifth anniversary of the foundation of Frontex. Discussions were focused on border control and on the role of fundamental rights in the area of border management. Cecilia Malmström then continued to Kazan, where she discussed visa issues and the fight against organised crime with her Russian colleagues yesterday, during a partnership meeting between the EU and Russia.
23 April 2010: The most recent tool in the EU's fight against cross-border crime is an exchange programme quite similar to that used at universities across Europe. But in this version, it is police officers that will move abroad and study in another EU country. That was concluded by the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels today.
22 April 2010: Tomorrow 23 April Cecilia Malmström will participate in the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels. As Home Affairs Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström will present her part of the action plan for the next five years, adopted by the Commission on 20 April. The plan gathers concrete actions with set timelines aimed at creating a single area of justice and security for Europe's citizens.
24 March 2010: On Thursday-Friday 25-26 March, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will visit Stockholm. On the agenda are meetings with the Swedish Police authorities to discuss how EU effectively could combat trafficking and with Director-General of Sweden's Migration Board Dan Eliasson to discuss migration issues.
24 February 2010: "Today's proposal will pave the way for more solidarity and better cooperation between EU countries. This will give us the opportunity to better deal with irregular immigration and human trafficking, while at the same time strengthening the safeguards to guarantee full respect of fundamental rights. I hope that the European Parliament and Council will move quickly to turn this proposal into law, so that the Agency can get the human and technical resources that it needs," Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said today as the Commission adapted the proposals to strengthen European Union's border management agency, Frontex.