The annual European Security Research conference is taking place this week in Oostende, on the Belgian coast. Stakeholders in the area of security research, technology development and innovation meet to discuss the future for European security. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström held the opening speech of today.
In her speech, Cecilia Malmström gave an overview of her work within this area, and especially mentioned the action-oriented Internal Security Strategy that is expected to be adopted later this fall.
"Such a strategy is needed more than ever. Addressing today's security challenges and threats only at the national or regional level is not sufficient anymore. We need a coherent and integrated strategy on how to ensure security within the whole of the EU", said Cecilia Malmström.
She further underlined the importance of research in security policy making: "Besides setting policy priorities, we have to get better at following up on the results of the research. Without the link to developing the research into security we have not succeeded. This is clearly an area where we can, and will, improve", said Cecilia Malmström.