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Policies

  • Customs and security

    Customs-related security initiatives of the EU include the concept of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and security cooperation with non-EU countries.

  • External border control

    The EU helps its member countries in saving lives at sea and securing Europe's external borders. The Frontex agency coordinates surveillance and risk analysis.

  • Security industry

    The European Commission contributes funding and works on harmonising certification procedures for security technologies.

  • Schengen and internal borders

    Thanks to the border-free Schengen Area, EU countries' citizens and visitors can move freely throughout the 26 participating countries.

  • Police cooperation

    Agencies such as Europol assist police forces in EU member countries with joint actions, improved information exchange and operational cooperation.

  • Preventing and fighting terrorism

    Coordinating national anti-terrorism forces, preventing radicalisation, and conducting security research and crisis management are all aims of the EU.

  • Support for global security

    The EU carries out civilian and military missions worldwide under the common security and defence policy (CSDP).

  • Combating organised crime

    The EU helps its member countries combat crimes such as human trafficking, online child abuse, cybercrime and trafficking in firearms and drugs.