Commission takes steps to strengthen EU cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime

On 28th os april 2015. the European Commission set out a European Agenda on Security for the period 2015-2020 to support Member States' cooperation in tackling security threats and step up our common efforts in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. The Agenda sets out the concrete tools and measures which will be used in this joint work to ensure security and tackle these three most pressing threats more effectively.

A recent Eurobarometer shows that citizens are increasingly worried about their security:, the proportion of people who see terrorism as the main security challenge in the EU has jumped from 33% on average in 2013 to 49% today. The recent terrorist attacks on Europe's people and values were coordinated across borders, showing that we must work together to resist these threats, in full respect of fundamental rights.The responsibility for ensuring internal security is first and foremost with the Member States, but cross-border challenges defy the capacity of individual countries to act alone and require EU support to build trust and facilitate cooperation, exchange of information and joint action.

The EU has built a set of tools to help Member States' law enforcement agencies fight crime and terrorism. Success relies on effective cooperation between EU institutions and agencies and Member States and national authorities. The Agenda will enable a better use of these tools by allowing for better exchange of information and increased cooperation.

This approach can adapt to new and emerging threats. It will be used to address three of the most pressing challenges:

1) preventing terrorism and countering radicalisation;

2) fighting organised crime;

3) fighting cybercrime.

Key Actions include:

-      Countering radicalisation:

-      Updating the Framework Decision on Terrorism

-      Enhancing dialogues with the IT industry

-      Strengthening the legal framework on firearms

-      Reinforcing our tools to fight cybercrime:

-      Enhancing the capacities of Europol

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