The terrorist attacks during the summer have demonstrated yet again the need to significantly reinforce security within the EU, Claude Moraes, chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, told MEPs during a meeting with European Commissioner Sir Julian King.
“This comprehensive assessment provided by the Commission today responds to our request in the Civil Liberties Committee for a thorough review of the EU’s security policy to address any challenges and gaps in existing policy in the security field,” said Moraes on September 7.
“The conclusions show that important progress has been made, but they also highlight key areas where more action is needed, such as ensuring full implementation of existing legislation by member states and better use of information already available.”
According to Moraes, the European Parliament will continue to engage with both the European Commission and Council to ensure that particular attention is given to those instruments that have not performed as expected, and that the assessment’s findings are acted upon.
King, who is the Commissioner for the Security Union, said: “Overall, the review shows that Member States now clearly recognise that the EU can and should play an active role on security. And there has been a step change in member states’ engagement at the European level. Much has changed over the last decade: how the terrorists operate, and the tools at our disposal. It was right to do this review of our security policies.”