The "EU Internal Security Strategy in Action", adopted in November 2010, outlined priorities for the EU to focus on for the coming four years, which are:
1. the disruption of international criminal networks;
2. the prevention of terrorism and addressing radicalisation and recruitment;
3. raising the levels of security for citizens and businesses in cyberspace;
4. strengthening security through border management; and
5. increasing Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters.
These objectives must be achieved keeping in high esteem of the three emerging threats of particular concern identified in the Europol "Organised Crime Threat Assessment (OCTA) 2011" report:
1. issues related to the fast-paced nature of internet technology, as a a major facilitator for a wide range of criminal activities and a vehicle for terrorist propaganda;
2. the potential implications of the ongoing economic crisis, because increasing financial constraint may reduce the resources available to public authorities to combat internal security threats; and
3. the impact on the EU of the external dimension of security, because the internal security of the EU is closely linked to the security situation in its neighbourhood, as demonstrated by recent events in the Arab world.
As security threats emerge and evolve, the EU must be ready to respond. This report provides an assessment of the implementation of the 2010 "EU Internal Security Strategy in Action" (ISS). It outlines the state of EU internal security in the area of each of the ISS´s five objectives and provides a forward look for actions in 2012. A detailed evaluation of the key measures implemented in 2011 can be found in the Annex too.
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