Preventing cyber threat, further radicalisation
30 June, 2017
The Commission presented last Thursday its 8th report on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, calling for an acceleration of the ongoing work to enhance the security of EU citizens, the EU press service reported. The Commission outlined measures taken at EU level to counter radicalisation, fight terrorism and crime and their financing and tackle the cyber threat.
“Europe must face up to security challenges and terrorist threats together, with new action at EU level and an acceleration of our ongoing work to protect our citizens. With the backing of national leaders, the Commission has reviewed what has been done so far, notably in fighting radicalisation and terrorist financing. We are also proposing additional measures to keep Europe safe,” First VP Frans Timmermans said.
The new counter-radicalisation measures would provide further steps to detect and remove online terrorist content. To complement the work of Europol's Internet Referral Unit, the Commission calls on all Member States to establish national Internet Referral Units. The Commission will also swiftly establish a High-Level Expert Group on Radicalisation to facilitate the further development and enhance the impact of EU policies in this area. The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) will also carry out a series of workshops on returning terrorist fighters for national authorities.
The Commission is also accelerating its work to close the gaps in the current cybersecurity framework. A number of short-term and operational actions should be taken to strengthen the EU response to the increased cyber threat.