Eurocontrol identifies in air navigation, a number of key safety areas to improve

The Safety Regulation Commission (SRC) from Eurocontrol has confirmed in its 2011 annual safety report that Europe has met its safety targets as set by ECAC for ATM-related accidents. However, Eurocontrol, has also informed on the lack of resources and qualified staff at national level dedicated to safety data collection and analysis, as one of the safety areas to improve.

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The Europeans citizens think that the corruption has risen over the last three years

According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, corruption remains a major problem in the countries of the European Union. In addition the 8% of respondents say that they have been asked or expected to pay a bribe in the past year. The economic costs incurred by corruption in the EU are estimated to amount to around €120 billion per year.

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The European Police College offers one-to-one exchanges to police officers

The 2012 European Police Exchange Programme has been launched by the CEPOL, the European Police College. CEPOL will offer one-to-one exchanges to police officers and scientific and research experts, teaching staff and educational programme developers, and commanders. Exchanges are organised according to 16 topics, which have been identified as important to the safety and security of European citizens.

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10 years of the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM), one of the most important air traffic management projects

The Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) celebrates its 10th anniversary. With the implementation of RVSM, Europe’s upper airspace capacity grew by 25%, and it helped airlines and other airspace users meet rising demand more effectively and simultaneously make substantial fuel savings.

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European law enforcement authorities broke up a synthetic drugs network

The cooperation between Europol and other EU Member States achieved to break up an international organised crime network, responsible for the large-scale production and trafficking of synthetic drugs. Europol initiated ‘Operation Fire’, working together with several European law enforcement agencies, in order to dismantle the organised crime network and stop the large-scale production and trafficking of synthetic drugs within the European Union.

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Europol coordinates a major crackdown against online child sex abuse file-sharing networks

‘Operation Icarus’ has helped to identify 269 suspects and arrest 112 suspects, spread across 22 involved countries thanks to a major crackdown against online child sex abuse file-sharing networks carried out by law enforcement agencies from 26 European countries, supported and coordinated by Europol.

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More than 110 millions to protect EU financial interests until 2020

The European Commission adopted two proposals, the Hercule III and Pericles 2020 programmes, with a budget of €110 million and €7.7 million respectively in order to protect the financial interests of the EU and Member States' budgets and fight fraud in the EU.

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A report shows the challenges of legal and regulatory aspects on the cross border information exchange

The ENISA Agency published a study which shows the legal and regulatory aspects of information sharing and cross-border collaboration of national/governmental Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in Europe. According to the report, there exists a delicate balance of investigating, managing and mitigating computer incidents, whilst respecting rights and obligations provided for by certain legal and regulatory frameworks, including data protection and privacy provisions.

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MEPs propose to evaluate the EU counter-terrorism policy

The European Parliament adopted a resolution in which asks to assesses properly post 9/11 counter-terrorism measures taken in Europe with regard to their cost, effectiveness, democratic scrutiny and impact on civil liberties. In addition, Parliament asks to the European Commission a map of all existing counter-terrorism policies in Europe and establishes whether these measures are subject to effective democratic scrutiny.

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Commission proposes to tackle serious crime through the EUROSUR mechanism

The European Commission proposed to establish a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) to increase coordination within and between Member States to prevent and tackle serious crime. Commission stresses that the increased exchange of information and the use of modern surveillance technology introduced by EUROSUR can also be vital for saving the lives of migrants attempting to reach the shores of EU Member States in small and unseaworthy boats.

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Four out of ten EU citizens think that the EU needs better tools to fight terrorism

According to a Eurobarometer poll, out of ten EU citizens think that the EU needs better tools to fight organised crime, terrorism and extremism. The Commission has also published the first report on the Internal Security Strategy launched last year, outlining issues that need to be given further attention and taking stock of progress made.

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