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January 28, 2008

EU Institutional M&A On the Rise in Homeland Security

Filed under: International HLS,Organizational Issues — by Jonah Czerwinski on January 28, 2008

Brooks Tigner reports today on a trend we’ve discussed here on a few occasions: The Europeans are more comfortable with homeland security than we give them credit for. The Brits have their “civil” security, the Swedes have coined “societal” security, and even NATO has long owned a “civilian emergency planning” capability. Tigner identifies what he calls “the proliferation” of EU actors, institutions, and decision-makers in civil security across the EU’s institutional map, which has prompted a familiar debate across the Atlantic: Should the array of Homeland Security-related entities be streamlined?

To be sure, streamlining is different from the perennial practice of “reorganization” that we engage in on this side of the Pond. The Lisbon Treaty elevated justice and home affairs decisions to EU-level.  More than a dozen of the European Commission’s (EC) 23 directorates general (DGs) have some civil security policy jurisdiction. Streamlining efforts may result in reducing the number of directly involved DGs or in the appointment of a single DG to have overall responsibility.

The EC’s foreign affairs and security/defense portfolios will be handled by a single position. That new “High Representative” will operate as part of the EC that proposes policy and as a member of the European Council that approves policy.  Now that’s streamlining.  If its wise remains to be seen.

Top priorities in the justice and home affairs agenda resemble issues here. Tigner points out a few, including border patrol and immigration issues, judicial and police operations, critical infrastructure protection, visa and passport procedures, counterterrorism efforts and the fight against organized crime.

Another development to watch is the French thought leadership on this topic. The French government plans to issue a white paper on security and defense this spring. How much of this topic the paper will address is unknown, but it will surely gain attention when France assumes the EU presidency in July.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 30, 2008 @ 8:22 am

The NATO Civil Security Committee has a rotating chairman! Any idea who heads it now and its membership?

Comment by Jonah Czerwinski

January 31, 2008 @ 8:17 am

WRC –

The Secretary General chairs plenary sessions of the Senor Civilian Emergency Planning Committee, but the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations typically presides in practice. ASG/Operations is Martin Howard, who recently took over for Adam Kobieracki. The permanent sessions of the SCEPC (“skepsee”) are chaired by the NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Planning, Civil Emergency Planning and Exercises, presently Steven Orosz. I believe that Orosz either is or was the head of the Civil Emergency Planning Directorate at NATO. membership on the SCEPC reaches beyond the 26 and into the EAPC. Hope this helps.

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