Internal Security Cooperation Under Functional Expectations: Initial Law Enforcement Europeanization -- Case of Finland and Estonia

Romanian Journal of European Affairs, Vol 16, No 1, March 2016

19 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2016

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Ramon Loik

Estonian Academy of Security Sciences

Viljar Veebel

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT)

Erkki Hamalainen

Government of the Republic of Finland - Ministry of Interior

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

Law enforcement cooperation as a central part of the EU internal security policy to combat cross-border organised crime and terrorism needs to be more effective by adopting specific provisions and tools. This paper argues that functional expectations require removal of barriers and construction of a common security area, but sometimes better cooperation in practice does not fit, as Europeanization of law enforcement still lacks understanding of objectives, values and principles for improving international trust, consensus, sincere cooperation and effective national coordination. The level of Europeanization of law enforcement could be evaluated as based on the level of implementation of the EU provisions on police cooperation related to practical enforcement, factors promoting or hindering law enforcement and changes in discursive practices due to EU provisions and professional socialisation processes. Some aspects of observed inertia characterizes the slow process of transition or tendencies for absorption in which resilience meets the necessary degree of flexibility allowing for some mutual learning and cooperation, but the result is expectedly a form of accommodation of needful policy requirements in the lack of substantial change perspective.

Keywords: Law enforcement, EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), Europeanization

Suggested Citation

Loik, Ramon and Veebel, Viljar and Hamalainen, Erkki, Internal Security Cooperation Under Functional Expectations: Initial Law Enforcement Europeanization -- Case of Finland and Estonia (March 1, 2016). Romanian Journal of European Affairs, Vol 16, No 1, March 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740239

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Estonian Academy of Security Sciences

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Viljar Veebel

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) ( email )

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Erkki Hamalainen

Government of the Republic of Finland - Ministry of Interior ( email )

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