The European Security Union aims to

  • ensure that EU security policy reflects the changing threats landscape
  • build long-term, sustainable resilience
  • engage the EU institutions and agencies, governments, the private sector and individuals in a whole-of-society approach
  • bring together the many policy areas with a direct impact on security.


The EU Security Union Strategy

The European Commission has set out a new EU Security Union Strategy to protect everyone in the EU and promote our European way of life. The strategy covers the period from 2020 to 2025 and focuses on priority areas where the EU can help Member States in fostering security for all those living in Europe, while respecting our European values and principles. The European Commission regularly presents progress reports on the implementation on the EU Security Union Strategy:

The 4 pillars of the strategy

The strategy lays out the tools and measures to be developed over the next five years to ensure security in our physical and digital environments. It is composed of four strategic priorities for action at EU level and will draw heavily on the work of the EU agencies.




The Security Union concept was first introduced in the 2016 European Commission Communication “Paving a way towards an effective and genuine Security Union”.

This concept was built on the 2015 European Agenda on Security. It proposed a new approach based on shared responsibility between the European Union and the EU countries. To lead the process, a dedicated Security Union Commissioner portfolio was created in September 2016, assisted by a task force that drew on the expertise of the entire European Commission.

In 2019, this portfolio was entrusted to the Vice-President for promoting our European way of life.


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