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The Council of the European Union is considering the Internal Security Strategy:

Renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy and Counter-Terrorism Implementation Paper: report of the first half of 2017 and programme for the second half of 2017 (LIMITE doc no: 10827-17, 64 pages, pdf) and see COR 1 (pdf);

"This paper gives an overview of the progress achieved in the implementation of the Renewed EU Internal Security Strategy (2015 - 2020)1 under Maltese Presidency (first half of 2017) as well as an overview of the activities to be carried out under Estonian Presidency (second half of 2017). It builds on the outcome of the discussions on enhancing the role of COSI in the context of which it was agreed to create a joint Internal Security Strategy implementation paper from the outgoing and incoming Presidency.(...)

Annex I, which provides an overview of the most relevant counter-terrorism actions that were carried out under Maltese Presidency and that are planned under EE Presidency.

Annex II, which gives an overview of the Working Parties. A distinction was made between the progress under MT Presidency and the objectives that are planned to be carried out under the EE Presidency in the second half of 2017."

Draft Council conclusions on the mid-term review of the Renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy 2015-2020 (LIMITE doc no: 11901-REV-1-17) The Council lays emphasis on the quick implementation of interoperability data retention:

"IDENTIFIES the following priority areas as deserving a strong co-ordinated action in the fight against terrorism, preventing and fighting serious and organised crime and cybercrime, noted as priorities in the Council Conclusions on the renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy 2015-2020:

information exchange and interoperability between various databases in Justice and Home Affairs area, including simplification of the access procedures for the law enforcement national competent authorities, as key elements to effectively fight terrorism and organised crime,

– strengthening the fight against cybercrime by regularly analysing the threat picture as well as the evolving nature of cyber-enabled crimes, and adjusting the policy tools accordingly with a focus on prevention and improved operational cooperation,

- ensuring the availability of effective investigative tools, such as that correspond to the digital age and respond to the evolving Internet Governance challenges, notably by: ensuring appropriate online investigative powers and cross-border access to electronic evidence,

- tackling the role of encryption in criminal investigations and enhancing related cooperation among law enforcement authorities, including with trusted partners outside the EU, to address the ongoing challenges in relation to abuse of end-to-end encrypted services and ensuring a consistent approach when engaging with service providers and device manufacturers,

- strengthening effective cooperation on data retention, to ensure Member States can access data for investigative purposes (...)"
[emphasis added]

And see previous version: 11902 (LIMITE. pdf)

See also: EU: Council of the European Union: Renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy and Counter-Terrorism Implementation Paper: second half of 2016 (Statewatch database) and EU: Implementing the Internal Security Strategy: May 2015 update (Statewatch database)

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