How is the programme designed to deliver results?


Over recent years, security threats have intensified and diversified in Europe. They have come in the form of terrorist attacks, new types of serious and organised crime, as well as cybercrime.

Taking into account that security has an inherently cross-border dimension and that, beyond internal security challenges, EU faces complex external threats that no Member State can meet on its own, a strong, coordinated response is required at EU level.


ISF is set up to contribute to a high level of security in the EU, in particular by preventing and combating terrorism, radicalisation, serious and organised crime and cybercrime, by assisting and protecting victims of crime, and by preparing for, protecting against and effectively managing security-related incidents, risks and crises.


ISF pursues the following specific objectives:

  1. To increase the exchange of information among and within the EU law enforcement and other competent authorities and other relevant EU bodies as well as with non-EU countries and international organisations;
  2. To intensify cross-border cooperation, including joint operations, among and within the EU law enforcement and other competent authorities in relation to terrorism and serious and organised crime with a cross-border dimension; and
  3. To support efforts to strengthen capabilities to combat and prevent crime, terrorism and radicalisation, as well as manage security-related incidents, risks and crises, in particular through increased cooperation between public authorities, civil society and private partners across the Member States.


  • EUR 1 931.0 millionTotal financial programming 2021-2027
2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
175.6 227.1 282.8 289.9 320.9 331.4 303.2

In EUR million.


ISF supports a broad range of actions in line with the European Security Agenda, including:

  • The purchase/procurement of ICT systems, and associated training, testing as well as their improved interoperability and data quality;
  • Monitoring of the implementation of EU law and policy objectives in the Member States in the area of security information systems;
  • Operations implementing or facilitating the implementation of the EU Policy Cycle/EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal. Threats);
  • Support to thematic or cross-theme networks of specialised national units to improve mutual confidence, exchange and dissemination of know-how, information, experiences and best practices, pooling of resources and expertise in joint centres of excellence;
  • Education and training for relevant law enforcement and judicial authorities and administrative agencies.

Delivery mode

ISF is implemented though shared management by the Member States and direct/indirect management by the Commission. For the latter, the lead Directorate General is DG HOME, in close coordination with DG REGIO, EMPL and MARE.

Performance framework: more information

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Where are we in the implementation?

You will find information on the programme implementation in this webpage.

It will be updated when the programme will have started on an annual basis alongside the publication of the draft budget and the discharge.

Next publication (estimation): June 2022.

Predecessor programmes 2014-2020

ISF has the same policy objectives and implementation modalities as its 2014-2020 MFF predecessor – the Internal Security Fund – Police strand. Whereas the specific objectives of the 2014‑2020 MFF programme focused on crime and crisis, the 2021-2027 ISF has more crosscutting specific objectives.

2014-2020 Internal Security Fund

  • EUR 3 942.7 millionBudget allocation 2014-2020

Overall execution (2014-2020)

  Total %
Commitments EUR 3 899.5 million
Payments EUR 2 289.0 million

This graph includes implementation based on voted budget and carried-over appropriations, as well as implementation based on recoveries.


Key monitoring indicators

  Baseline Progress Target Results Assessment
Consulates developed/upgraded  
923 2 680 consulates compared to target of 923 On track
Number of border control infrastructures  
19 902 33 516 infrastructures compared to target of 19 902 On track
National border surveillance infrastructures established / further developed in the framework of the European Border Surveillance System 19
30 30 infrastructures out of 30 On track
Projects of joint investigation teams and European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (including Member States and authorities)  
216 287 projects compared to target of 216 On track
Protection of critical infrastructures by Member States  
478 406 projects out of 478 On track
% of target achieved by the end of 2020



Concrete examples of achievements

  • 287joint investigation team and European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats operational projects were supported by the instrument during the 2014-2020 period.
  • 465projects were carried out in the area of crime prevention during the 2014-2020 period.
  • 33 516border control infrastructures and resources were developed or upgraded with the help of the instrument during the 2014-2020 period.
  • 2 680consular cooperation activities were developed with the help of the instrument during 2014 to 2020.
  • 209 178hits were found in the Schengen information systems in 2020.

Programme Performance Overview

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