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For a more secure Europe - 22/11/2010

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Five targets for closer cooperation to deal with security threats posed by organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime, crises and disasters.

Four out of five Europeans want more action at the EU-level against organised crime and terrorism, according to a survey published last year.

EU countries already cooperate in many areas to protect citizens and businesses. But a more coordinated strategy is needed to help them counter rapidly developing security threats from organised crime, international terrorism, cybercrime, and natural and man-made crises and disasters.

The Internal Security Strategy action plan identifies five main goals for improved cooperation:

Organised crime

The EU would work together – and with countries outside the bloc – to identify and dismantle international criminal networks, protect the economy from organised crime and pass laws allowing authorities to confiscate the proceeds of crime.

Terrorism

Action would be taken to cut terrorists off from access to funding and materials, protect the EU’s transport infrastructure, and help communities prevent the radicalisation and recruitment of future terrorists.

Computer crime

The EU would better equip police, prosecutors and judges to fight computer crime through training and stronger laws, work with industry to improve online security, and strengthen the EU's defences against cyber attacks. A new European centre will gather experts to investigate and prevent cybercrime. A network of computer emergency teams would be ready to respond during cyber attacks.

Managing borders

Countries would take joint action against potential threats at the EU's external and internal borders, and issue joint reports on human trafficking, illegal immigration and smuggling. An external border surveillance system is proposed, along with smarter targeting of “hot spots” for entry.

Crisis response

EU governments would work together to ensure that the necessary infrastructure, equipment and trained staff are in place to respond quickly to internal and external emergencies, both natural and man-made.

Work has already started on some of the plan’s 41 proposed actions, with the aim of putting them into practice between now and 2014.

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