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Abstract

The security threats facing Europe are multifaceted, interrelated, complex and increasingly transnational in their impact and in that internal and external security are increasingly inseparable. No single Member State can achieve security alone. Nearly nine in ten European Union (EU) citizens believe that security questions should be dealt with not just at national but also at EU level. In this context, one of Europe's main objectives is to preserve its values of open society and civil liberties while addressing the increased security threat. At the same time, Europe must secure its economy and its competitiveness against an increased threat of disruption to its basic economic infrastructures, including industrial assets and transport, energy and information networks.
Implementing an efficient policy for security in Europe demands a comprehensive set of instruments covering law enforcement, intelligence, judicial, economic, financial and technological aspects. In a constantly changing and increasingly technological world, guaranteeing security without the support of knowledge and technology is almost impossible. Security research and innovation provide practical measures and solutions to support policy implementation. Novel security solutions should provide ways to increase the security of our citizens without imposing additional unnecessary burdens on their daily lives.
Technology makes it easier to detect dangerous materials being traded. The same applies to border controls, to prevent illegal immigrants, traffickers of human beings, drug traffickers and terrorists taking advantage of the fact that internal border controls have been lifted within the Schengen area. Innovative and sophisticated solutions and systems will help avoid fraud on identity documents, inter alia through biometrics in visas, passports, residence permits and other documents.

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Record Number: 8710 / Last updated on: 2007-10-04
Category: COM DOCUMENT