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Security Research and Industrial Policy

The security industry in the EU generates a turnover of close to € 200 billion, and creates employment for 4.7 million persons.

European companies are still among the world leaders in the majority of the segments of the security sector. The growing international competition and recent market evolutions do however indicate that the global market shares of European companies could drop significantly over the next years if no action is launched to enhance the competitiveness of the EU security industry.

In order to ensure the market leading position of EU companies over the years to come, the Commission has decided to act and initiate a series of actions, which will enable the EU industry to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Policy measures

  • The first priority will be to overcome the fragmentation of the EU security markets through the harmonisation of standards and certification procedures for security technologies. The first sector which will be targeted by the Commission for its high potential is: airport screening equipment.
  • The Commission will use novel funding schemes, such as Pre-Commercial Procurement in Horizon 2020 to reduce the gap between research and market. 
  • The societal acceptance of security technologies will be promoted through the introduction of the "privacy by design" and "privacy by default" concepts throughout the development of new security technologies.
  • Finally, in times of financial constraints, an emphasis should be given to a better exploitation of synergies between civilian and defence orientated research. Such synergies will under no circumstances compromise the civilian nature of security research.



The 2018 Security Research Event (SRE 2018), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, will take place on 5th and 6th of December in Brussels at the Square Meeting Centre.

Register for the event before the 30th of October.

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  • Security Research Event 2017

Proceedings of the SRIEE 2017

The European Commission is organising its next 2017 Security Research Event (SRE2017) to take place within the Security Research, Innovation and Education Event at Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Conference Centre site in Tallinn, on 14 - 15 November 2017.

This event is organised by the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and Ministry of the Interior Affairs.

  • The 8th meeting of the "Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies" (CoU)

DG HOME along with other European Commission DGs is holding the 8th meeting of the "Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies" (CoU) on 12-14 September 2017. This initiative has become an efficient platform of exchanges among different actors of different branches of security and crisis management. This 8th event will focus on resilience, and will discuss key features of security threats and civil protection at the plenary day on September 12th, including panels on CBRN resilience and forest fires risk management. The core of the event will be a joint undertaking of a range of H2020 projects dealing with resilience in various areas, which will meet over two days (September 13-14th). The event is attracting more than 150 participants from all over the EU, composed of scientists, policy-makers, industry/SME representatives and practitioners. Conclusions of the meeting in the forms of minutes, briefs and short videos will be made publicly available. You will find information about the different events on webpage http://www.ereg.me/cou-sept-agenda.  

Registrations to become a member of the CoU can be requested at HOME-SECURITY-RESEARCH-HELPDESK@ec.europa.eu.

  • Security Research Event 2016

Summary of proceedings

Keynote speech of Alberto de Benedictis, PASAG Chair and former Chairman Security Business Unit, ASD, at the closing session.