King: EU obtains key role in strengthening security
8 September, 2017
The EU security policies were debated last Thursday by Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) MEPs with Security Union Commissioner Sir Julian King focusing on the past and future challenges, the EP press service reported. The Comprehensive Security Assessment reviews the Union's policies and instruments in the area of internal security over the last 15 years to see whether the activities are appropriate and effective, and to identify any gaps requiring further action.
“Much has changed over the last decade: how the terrorists operate, and the tools at our disposal. It was right to do this review of our security policies,” Commissioner King stated. In his words, overall, the review shows that Member States now clearly recognise that the EU can and should play an active role in security and, furthermore, they are more inclined on engagement at the European level.
“The serious terrorist attacks this summer have demonstrated to us yet again the need to significantly reinforce security within the EU. This comprehensive assessment provided by the Commission responds to our request in the Civil Liberties Committee for a thorough review of the EU's security policy to address any challenges and gaps in existing policy in the security field,” LIBE Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) said. He stressed that although important progress has been made, more action is needed on key areas such as ensuring full implementation of existing legislation by Member States and better use of information already available.
Parliament will continue to engage with both the Commission and the Council to ensure that particular attention is given to those instruments that have not performed as expected, and that the assessment's findings are acted upon, Moraes pointed out. According to the latest Eurobarometer poll, 80% of Europeans want the EU to do more to tackle security threats.