The Commission proposals include:
- harmonising standards and certification procedures for security technologies;
- better exploitation of cooperation between (civil) security and defence research;
- novel funding schemes such as pre-commercial procurement to test and validate results stemming from EU security research projects;
- introducing checks on the societal impact of new security technologies at the research stage.
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for enterprise and entrepreneurship, said: "The current fragmented market weakens the competitiveness of Europe’s security industry. This lack of an "EU brand" is especially critical as the future key markets for security technologies will not be in Europe but in emerging countries. Today we have agreed a blueprint for the creation of a true internal market for security technologies. This is essential to strengthen the position of our security industry, so that it can contribute to growth and jobs."
European companies are still among the world leaders in the majority of the security sector's market segments, but recent market forecasts indicate the market shares of European companies in the global market are bound to decrease over the next few years. Industry forecasts and independent studies predict the current market share of EU companies could drop by one fifth - from around 25 per cent of the world market in 2010, to 20 per cent in 2020 - if no action is launched to enhance competitiveness of the EU security industry.
Favourable internal market conditions are therefore essential to keep and expand the industry's technological advantage, as well as strengthening the industry's position in emerging international markets. Also, a special emphasis should be given to support SMEs in their efforts to access international markets in third countries.
- The priority will be to overcome fragmentation of the EU security market, by harmonising standards and certification procedures for security technologies. European standardisation organisations will be asked to establish concrete and detailed standardisation roadmaps on the next generation of technologies. To achieve mutual recognition of certification systems, the Commission plans to issue two legislative proposals: to establish an EU-wide harmonised certification system for airport screening (detection) equipment and an EU-wide harmonised certification system for alarm systems.
- Emphasis should be given to a better exploitation of synergies between (civil) security and defence research. The Commission intends to issue, in cooperation with the European Defence Agency, standardisation mandates for 'hybrid standards' to the European standardisation organisations.
- To reduce the gap between research and market, especially in European and international procurement, the Commission will use novel funding schemes foreseen in Horizon 2020 such as Pre-commercial Procurement, to test and validate results stemming from EU security research projects. This approach should unite industry, public authorities and end users from the beginning of research projects. Border security and aviation security are the most promising areas.
- The Commission will encourage member states to launch similar initiatives at national level, in compliance with relevant EU public procurement law.
- The Commission will introduce checks on the societal impact of new security technologies at the research stage. In addition, the Commission will issue a mandate to European standardisation organisations to develop a standard for the integration of privacy issues, from design to production process phases.
- A major study will analyse the legal and economic implications of third party liability limitation.
- A dedicated expert group set up by the Commission will meet at least once a year to monitor the implementation of proposed policy measures and bring together all relevant actors in the field of security.