The European Commission reported today on actions taken since President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union address to enhance European security.
The European Commission reported today on actions taken since President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union address to enhance security at the EU external border, improve information exchange between Member States, close down the space in which terrorists operate and prevent radicalisation.
A year later, the Commission has delivered on all security related priorities set out by President Juncker. The 10th Security Union Progress Report also takes stock of the progress made on other security files and looks ahead to continued work in the next 12 months and beyond. The Commission has supported Member States in their efforts, with a key focus on:
- Enhancing security at the external border through the introduction of systematic checks against security databases of all travellers, including EU citizens, crossing the external borders are now in place. In addition, the Commission put forward proposals on a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the EU Entry/Exit System.
- Improving information exchange, by strengthening the existing information systems such as the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS). The Commission also presented a new approach to achieve interoperability of EU information systems for borders and security.
- Closing down the space in which terrorists operate by criminalising terrorist related acts such as the financing of terrorism, undertaking training or travelling for terrorist purposes, in addition to strengthening the rights of victims of terrorism. The revised Firearms Directive has been adopted to better control the acquisition and possession of weapons and prevent criminals and terrorists from accessing the most dangerous military-grade weapons.
- Preventing radicalisation, the Commission has continued to work with internet platforms through the EU Internet Forum to reduce access to terrorist content and launched the Civil Society Empowerment Programme to promote alternative narratives online. The Internet Referral Unit at Europol flagged 35,000 items of terrorist content online in the past 2 years, and 80-90% have been removed.
7 september 2017