EU internal security

Europe is facing major and complex challenges in the area of internal security: terrorism, cyber related threats and organized crime are ever increasing. Considering the cross-border dimension and effects and impact of these crimes on our citizens, societies and economies, strengthening security is a joint endeavor of the European Union and its Member States. To effectively respond to these challenges a common and comprehensive approach is needed. An approach by which the European Union shows its true added value in facilitating and supporting Member States, whilst respecting their essential state functions including safeguarding national security. By further streamlining the security domain, a more effective and efficient cooperation and comprehensive approach could be fostered. This requires further strengthening and improving the exchange of information and operational cooperation for the years to come, without prejudice to existing legislation and arrangements. Furthermore, it is essential that Member States transpose and apply EU legislation timely and fully, both in their national legislation and in practice.