New European Security Strategy welcome, but falls short on crime
Tomorrow, MEPs in plenary will debate the new EU Security Union strategy and a resolution responding to it. The resolution, which widely reflects Renew Europe’s position, welcomes the Commission’s strategy but also points out some missing elements and key areas within the field of crime to be reinforced. More specifically, we call for more emphasis on the fight against terrorism, the crucial role of Europol, the needed reinforcement of the EPPO and the fight against disinformation, cybercrime and hybrid threats. We also state the need to have proper implementation of all EU security-related legislation and measures and full evaluation.
By reinforcing these elements in the new strategy, we get an EU Security Union strategy that lays the foundation for a security ecosystem that spans the entire breadth of European society.
MEP Dragoș Tudorache, Member of the Committee of Civil Liberties and Renew Europe’s shadow on the European Security strategy file, comments:
”The Parliament’s resolution adds important elements to the EU Security Union Strategy. We call for an enhanced role for Europol and an expanded mandate for the EPPO, and we highlight that emerging threats enabled by new technologies need to be not just acknowledged, but also properly countered through investment, research, and training. Our digital infrastructure, and especially 5G, needs to be secure and free of foreign tampering: we need European 5G and a phasing out of critical components manufactured by countries that do not share our values. Education and gender equality are also key elements of our security: they are important factors that reduce radicalization and enhance our security over the long run.”