Migration and Home Affairs

Innovation and Industry for Security

Context

Why? How to make Europe a safer place to live in? Today’s security threats are fast-evolving, complex, and often cross-border in nature. For this reason, such threats can only be dealt with effectively by means of a collective response through a genuine and efficient Security Union in Europe.

EU security research is one of the building blocks of the Security Union. It enables innovation in technologies and knowledge that is crucial for developing capabilities to address today's security challenges, to anticipating tomorrow's threats and contributing to a more competitive European security industry.

How? The Commission has decided initiate to a series of actions which will enhance the competitiveness of the European security industry and contribute to meeting the aims of the European security policy.

Objectives

  1. Support achievement of the Security Union through funding Security Research
  2. Reduce the gap between research and market
  3. Raise awareness
  4. Contribute to the international reflection on developing affordable and innovative technology for security practitioners and first responders
  5. Overcome the fragmentation of the EU security markets for security technologies
  6. Promote the societal acceptance of security technologies

1. Support achievement of the Security Union through funding Security Research

2. Reduce the gap between research and market

How to translate research results into solutions that will effectively make Europe a safer place to be?

  • By using novel funding schemes, such as Pre-Commercial Procurement in Horizon 2020;
  • With a Community of Users (CoU), for Secure, Safe, Resillient Societies, facilitating and promoting interaction between practitioners, academia, policy-makers and industry. Its aims are
    • ensuring that research programming take into account the needs of practitioners' ,
    • identifying the most promising tools and methods, derived from research projects, that could be adopted by practitioners,
    • facilitating policy development and implementation, supporting the competitiveness of EU industry by ensuring that the expertise of practitioners is made available to policy makers
    • developing new initiatives with synergies across the EU and beyond.

Interested? Join the next CoU meeting!

3. Raise awareness

  • The European Commission aims to highlight the role of security research in fostering the implementation of EU Policies and addressing crucial societal challenges. The Security Research Event (SRE) is the annual meeting where industry, governments and knowledge institutions come together to discuss the state of play and current challenges for security research in Europe, and where EU funded security-related projects are displayed in a large exhibition area.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Security Research Event / Innovation Forum (SRE/IF 2020), which was supposed to take place on 25 - 26 November 2020 in Bonn, Germany, was cancelled.

4. Contribute to the international reflection on developing affordable and innovative technology for security practitioners and first responders

  • Developing capabilities for the Security Union is not feasible unless we contribute to building a stronger and more competitive EU security industry, not only at EU level, but also worldwide. To this end, in 2017 the European Commission joined the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI). IFAFRI's goal is to assist First Responders across the globe in conducting their missions more safely and efficiently by expanding the development of affordable, innovative technology.

    The objective for the Commission is to ensure the coherence of EU security research in the field of First Responders at international level.

5. Overcome the fragmentation of the EU security markets for security technologies

  • Through the harmonisation of standards and of certification procedures; Link to the revised certification / standardisation subpage
  • and by engaging with the industry.

    Without the involvement, commitment and investment of the EU’s security technology and industrial base, innovative solutions would remain trapped in endless cycles of research and would never be deployed on the field.

    Therefore, the consolidation of a single EU security market that increases the competitiveness of the industrial base is a primary objective.

    This consolidation would not only guarantee the security of supply for strategic technologies, but also safeguard, when required, the strategic autonomy of the EU for technologies, services and systems that are critical to ensuring the protection of EU citizens.

6. Promote the societal acceptance of security technologies

  • Security as societal value is a guiding principle throughout all EU-funded research activities and these must be in compliance with the provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (PDF). Gender aspects and Social Sciences and Humanities must always be taken into consideration.
  • When dealing with the development of new security technologies, it is recommended that actions consider the concepts of "privacy by design", "data protection by design", "privacy by default", and "data protection by default".
  • Obligatory ethical screening and reviews/audits are reinforced by the requirement to fill in the 'Societal Impact Table' as part of the submissions process. The table checks whether the proposed security research meets the needs of and benefits society without having a negative impact.

Action

Law (Adopted legislation and communications)

Guidance, reports and studies