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Internal Security Strategy

The EU Internal Security Strategy ("Towards a European Security Model") highlighted several security threats and called upon EU institutions and EU States to adopt a European internal security strategy.

The ISS in Action

"The EU Internal Security Strategy in Action", adopted in 2010, identifies five strategic objectives where the EU can bring real added value for the coming four years:

  • disruption of international criminal networks
  • prevention of terrorism and addressing radicalisation and recruitment
  • raising the levels of security for citizens and businesses in cyberspace
  • strengthening security through border management
  • increasing Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters.

Each objective is also supported by a small number of measurable and concrete actions.

The ISS represents the EU's common understanding of the threats it is facing and its commitment to using all the resources and expertise available for tackling them together. It represents a shared agenda of actions for the next four years. EU States, EU institutions and EU agencies cooperate closely in implementing this strategy.

Reporting on the implementation of the ISS

The Commission annually reports on the implementation of the ISS. These reports look at the state of the EU internal security in the five objective areas identified in the ISS in Action and make operational recommendations for the way forward. Europol, together with Eurojust and Frontex, contribute to the implementation reports by establishing the state of the EU internal security.

In the 2011 ISS implementation report, the fight against organised crime and cybercrime were identified as two main challenges to be addressed in the coming year. A lot has since been done, together with actions under the other objectives of the strategy.

In the 2013 report, organised crime is still considered to be one of the major challenges for EU internal security to address. Money laundering, corruption, trafficking and mobile organised crime groups are just some of the threats foreseen. Cybercrime continues to be of particular concern. Another important challenge for 2013 is to improve tools to better counter growing violent extremism.

The next and last report on implementation of the ISS will be presented in mid-2014. The report will assess whether the objectives of the ISS have been met and also consider future challenges within the field of internal security.

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Internal Security Strategy

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