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European Liberty and Security - ELISE, Final Report, EUR 23129

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00150


The ELISE project - European Liberty and Security: Security Issues, Social Cohesion and Institutional Development of the European Union (EU) -aimed at developing adequate conceptual tools for a better understanding of security issues in modern European societies, while at the same time providing a framework for policy responses to future crises which do not undermine civil liberties, human rights and social cohesion. To achieve this, ELISE has proceeded in three complementary directions. First, it has sought to develop a better and more comprehensive understanding of contemporary security challenges. Second, it has sought to develop a detailed account of the development of security policies at both the national and EU levels - especially in the aftermath of events such as those of 11 September 2001 - and of their impact on EU societies and their cohesion. Third, it has sought to identify the primary institutional challenges now confronting both Member States and the EU as a consequence of the many forces that are reshaping the relation between liberty and security in many different contexts.
In methodological terms, this has involved an engagement with history in order to understand how the relation between liberty and security has been articulated both in the modern state and in the modern international system. Further, it has required looking at the multi-faceted changes affecting contemporary EU security policy, including the enlargement process, agreements about common EU external frontiers, and new strategies at national, European and international levels developed to combat terrorism. Finally, it has involved a critical assessment of what is at stake in the seemingly commonsense idea that it is necessary to strike an appropriate "balance" between the claims of security and the claims of liberty.

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