Towards an Internal (In)Security Strategy for the EU?

CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe Publication Series

12 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011

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Elspeth Guild

Radboud University Nijmegen - Faculty of Law; Kingsley Napley - Department of Immigration; The British Institute of International and Comparative Law; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Sergio Carrera

Centre for European Policy Studies

Date Written: January 12, 2011

Abstract

The European Commission published in November 2010 a Communication aiming at putting the EU Internal Security Strategy (ISS) into action. The Communication envisages five key strategic objectives for the EU’s internal security: disrupt organised crime, prevent terrorism, raise levels of security in cyberspace, strengthen external borders management and increase the EU’s resilience to natural disasters. This paper starts by critically examining the extent to which these objectives actually constitute shared common concerns in all EU27 member states and whether they are based on independent and objective evidence. After demonstrating the contrary, we then argue that the ISS should be rather considered as an ‘Internal (In)security Strategy’ because of the lack of an accompanying solid rule of law and liberty strategy (model) focused on ensuring the delivery to everyone living in the EU (and who will be subject to increasing EU internal security policies focused on more surveillance, preventive measures and an intelligence-based approach) the twin rights of rule of law and fundamental rights.

Keywords: European Commission, Communication, EU, EU Internal Security Strategy, ISS, action, resilience, objectives, management, borders, fundamental rights

Suggested Citation

Guild, Elspeth and Carrera, Sergio, Towards an Internal (In)Security Strategy for the EU? (January 12, 2011). CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe Publication Series. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1756734

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