28 July 2020
The European Commission has published a new 'Security Union Strategy' for the 2021-25 period, replacing the previous 'European Agenda on Security' (2015-20) and further extending the scope of EU action on security issues.
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The Commission says the new strategy "lays out the tools and measures to be developed over the next 5 years to ensure security in our physical and digital environment," under four headings:
This condenses the five priorities of the previous 'Agenda on Security' (better information exchange, increased operational cooperation, tackling terrorism and preventing radicalisation, disrupting organised crime, fighting cybercrime), but it is clear that there is the intention for a broader scope of action than previously. The practical results remain to be seen.
The Commission promises:
Three initiatives were launched in the framework of the Security Union Strategy on the same day it was announced, continuing longstanding EU activities.
Commission press release: Delivering on a Security Union: initiatives to fight child sexual abuse, drugs and illegal firearms (pdf)
Child sexual abuse
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