Council support to Commission's proposal for an EU Internal Security Strategy in action

EU ministers in charge of Justice and Home Affaits meeting in Brussels on 24 February 2011, debated over the Commission communication on the European Union internal security strategy in action, reaching a series of conclusions regarding this text. In their remarks, ministers underlines that any response to EU's main threats must respect its common values, including the protection and promotion of fundamental rights within the Union and in its relations with the wider world.

Ministers agreed that the European Security Model, as defined by the Internal Security Strategy and contributed to by the Commission's communication, should be based on a shared agenda for action, an appropriate balance between prevention and tackling the consequences of threats to security, the development of security policies based on common values and a renewed effort to establish closer links between the external and internal aspects of EU security and to promote initiatives designed to strengthen the capacity for action of third countries.

They also highlighted that the five strategic objectives for internal security developed by the Commission, are crucial to further strengthening freedom, security and justice in the European Union. These strategic objectives of Internal Security Strategy include:

  1. Disruption of international criminal networks
  2. Prevention of terrorism and addressing radicalisation and recruitment
  3. Raising levels of security for citizens and businesses in cyberspace
  4. Strengthening security through border management
  5. Increasing Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters

In its conclusions Council also called upon all parties concerned to address the threats and challenges to internal security identified by the Internal Security Strategy. The Council will consider each legislative proposal and action necessary to strengthen internal security within the Union as it is brought forward.

Ministers stressed that action should only be taken on the basis of a prior assessment of its expected financial and administrative impact and where such an assessment has demonstrated the added value of action at Union level. They also underscored the urgency of fostering closer cooperation between actors engaged in the external and internal dimensions of EU security, notably with the newly established European External Action Service.

Council invited the Commission to submit to the European Parliament and the Council by the end of 2011 its first annual report on actions taken within the framework of the Internal Security Strategy, as well as to provide regular updates on actions taken to strengthen internal security within the Union and to take account, in its annual reporting, of the reporting mechanism set out in the EU policy cycle for organised and serious international crime.