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Policy and research in security

SR governance

“Good governance” is often bandied about as a politically-correct, catch-all phrase behind which there may be little substance.

However, for the EU’s Security Research objectives, this is a serious imperative – based on layers of structured consultations with Europe’s public and private sectors and, above all, with civil society and its research communities.

The EU’s Policy and research in security programme has been shaped by focused stakeholder guidance from the start. This got under way with creation of the European Security Research Advisory Board (ESRAB), whose 50 members were drawn from public authorities, industry and academia. ESRAB’s September 2006 report pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] defined the political stakes – and the broad R&D remit – for the Commission’s current EUR 1.4 billion 2007-2013 budget.

As the programme got underway, a successor governance and consultation group was created in mid-2007 – the European Security Research and Innovation Forum, or ESRIF. Its 11 technical workgroups defined the range of security-mission capabilities that the research projects are expected to achieve. Their recommendations were set out in ESRIF’s final report of December 2010 pdf - 5 MB [5 MB] .

The standing body for governance of the Security Research programme, however, is the FP7 Security Programme Committee of official representatives of the 27 Member States of the EU, as well as of the other Associated Countries[1]. The Committee’s role is to represent the views of national authorities. It also approves FP7’s annual calls for research proposals – based on the Commission’s draft suggestions – as well as the research projects to be funded under FP7.

Last but not least, DG Enterprise and Industry is supported by the Security Advisory Group. Its 22 members are drawn from public end-user organisations, research institutes and academica, industry, civil society across Europe, and relevant EU Agencies such as Frontex, the EU’s external borders management agency. Meeting around 4-6 times a year, the group oversees the alignment of EU security research and innovation policy to end-user needs. It also has a direct role in supporting DG Enterprise and Industry as the latter drafts the SR programme’s annual calls for research proposals.

Finally, DG Enterprise and Industry uses its security-themed workshops and the annual Security Research events to consult with an even wider diversity of stakeholders across the sector.


[1] Albania, Bosnia, Faroe Island, FYROM, Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland

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