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Unleashing the potential of Europe’s security industry Arna fhoilsiú an : 22/03/2012, Nuashonrú is déanaí: 23/03/2012

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On the occasion of the High Level Security Roundtable held in Brussels on the 21 March 2012, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, announced that the Commission will soon present a Communication on an EU security industry policy.

Currently this industry is facing a highly fragmented internal market. National regulatory frameworks differ widely and the market for security products is highly diversified, ranging from cameras to complex scanner systems.

Therefore, it is essential to make progress on harmonisation, standardisation, and to bring security research closer to the market. In short: there is a need to promote this industry, which is why the European Commission will present its Communication in the coming months.

VP Tajani expressed his concern on the current fragmented market, as it would weaken the competitiveness of Europe’s security industry and would endanger its ability to provide technologies necessary to ensure the security of European citizens.

The High-level Security Roundtable was the second meeting to discuss ways to support the EU Internal Security Strategy.

The Commission was represented by Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, and Vice-Presidents Siim Kallas, Neelie Kroes and Antonio Tajani.