EU: Statewatch Analysis: Security of the spectacle The EU’s guidelines for security at major events

"As major sport, political and cultural events have become increasingly international a corresponding need has been identified for greater levels of international police and security cooperation in order to ensure their smooth running. Since the late 1990s this has been formalised at EU level by numerous initiatives, including various ‘handbooks’ that seek to provide “guidelines and inspiration” for law enforcement authorities. These provide frameworks for law enforcement policy and practice during major events, with regard to general security preparations as well as more specialised counter-terrorist and public order work. In the context of a worldwide economic boom for the security industry, the guidelines can also be seen as playing a role in encouraging the purchase, installation and use of both new and more traditional technologies by police and security forces."

See: Analysis (pdf)


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