EU Security Strategy to focus on emerging threats

The new EU Internal Security Strategy for 2015-2019 should be "easily adaptable to evolving situations" by focusing not only on existing but also on emerging security threats, says a resolution approved by the EU Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. Cyber-security is listed as one of the key concerns, along with interlinked topics including organised crime, money laundering, trafficking in human beings, foreign fighters, and corruption.

The text will be debated and voted by the full Parliament in December plenary session.

A holistic approach is demanded because, "The security situation in Europe has changed significantly in recent years owing to ....(among other issues) the rapid development and use of new technologies, " notes the resolution.

MEPs also called for better cooperation among member states through greater use of Joint Investigation Teams, and more efficient sharing of relevant data and information, "subject to the appropriate data protection and privacy safeguards". They underlined the importance of the swift adoption of the proposed data protection directive to provide a comprehensive legal framework for the sharing of data in the law enforcement field.

It was emphasised that security measures need to be applied in accordance with the principles of necessity, proportionality and respect for fundamental rights and on the basis of proper democratic oversight and accountability.