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February 13, 2006

EU outlines security research priorities

Filed under: International HLS — by Christian Beckner on February 13, 2006

EU Commissioner Günter Verheugen gave a speech last week in Brussels where he spoke about the European Union’s research agenda for security.

In the speech, he clarifies two areas of focus for civilian security research for the EU: border security, and critical infrastructure protection:

An example for a security research mission area of clear European added value is the external border of the Union. After abolishing our internal borders, securing one particular part of the external borders of the Union is no longer the concern of one Member State alone, it is the concern and responsibility of all European citizens together. Hence it is the responsibility of the Community to invest into its protection. Promoting the required research into a border security mission area is the logical consequence.

Another example may be the Trans European Networks (TEN), a joint European infrastructure which needs to be protected. Here again the Community has a responsibility.

These are two areas where there should be a clear win/win between EU and US research efforts. Sec. Chertoff spoke last May about the need to enhance transatlantic research ties for homeland security. Now the United States and the EU need to do more to facilitate this cooperation.

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