Over €230 million available for security research projects

A call for project proposals on security research across 16 different topics is open until 22 August 2019. It makes available €233.36 million in total for projects working on protecting the infrastructure of Europe, increasing the disaster resilience of societies, fighting crime and terrorism, securing external borders, as well as improving digital security and data protection.

The proposals that have passed the evaluation will be known by mid-January 2020, and the grant agreements with the project teams should be signed by end of April 2020.

For more information please visit the European Commission website.

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Commission reports on the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes in the EU

On 23 January 2019, the European Commission presented for the first time a report about the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes operated by several EU Member States.

The report is mainly aimed to identify such risks these schemes imply for the EU Member States, especially in connection with money laundering, tax evasion, corruption and security. 

In this field, lack of transparency and collaboration among Member States critically enhance the issue. 

For further information about the report, see at https://bit.ly/2T9TC9M

Settling In 2018 – a joint EU-OECD report on integration of migrants

On 9th December 2018, the European Commission and the OECD (International Migration Division) released the report "Settling In 2018: Indicators of Immigrant Integration". 

The report provides for a comprehensive international comparison of integration outcomes of immigrants and their children. The report’s target is represented by EU and OECD countries, as well as specific non-OECD G20 countries.  

Moreover, the report is mainly aimed to provide policy makers with benchmarks so that they can relate results in their own country with those of other countries and identify good practices.

To find out more about the Report, see at: https://bit.ly/2Ey5aPJ

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for continued action to eradicate trafficking in human beings

On 4 December 2018, the European Commission presented its Second Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings. 

The report is aimed to highlight the main trends in trafficking in human beings and to outline remaining challenges that the EU and Member States must address as a matter of priority. 

Nowadays, women and girls still continue to be most vulnerable to trafficking (68%) while children represent 23% of registered victims. Trafficking for sexual exploitation remains the most widespread form (56%), followed by trafficking for labor exploitation (26%).

Even if the cross-border cooperation in this field was significantly improved, the phenomenon is continuing to evolve. As a result, the Commission outlines a number of priority areas for Member States to focus on to effectively combat trafficking in human beings. 

For further information, see at https://bit.ly/2PiBPuk

A Europe that Protects: The Commission reports on progress made on travel document security

Some weeks ago, the European Commission reported about the progresses made in the field of the 2016 Action Plan on travel document fraud. 

The EC Report on this shows all the good progresses achieved over the last year and a half in all four key areas of the identity infrastructure identified in the Action Plan: registration of identity, issuance of documents, document production and document control.

Furthermore, the Action Plan has an important role in improving the visibility of the issue of travel document security. Thus, EU Member States have improved information exchange on national identity practices and agreed to enhance security features for uniform visas and residence permits.

For more information please visit the European Commission website.

Signature of the Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western Balkans

The European Commission has recently signed the Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western Balkans. Thus, during the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home affairs, the representatives of the six Western Balkans partners and, for the EU, Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, agreed upon the necessity to take a step forward for the common security and the protection of citizens. 

The direct result of the Action Plan is a robust, joint framework for countering terrorism, calling for ambitious and concrete actions to achieve the most important counter-terrorism objectives, including the prevention and countering of radicalisation, effective information exchange etc. 

For more information please visit the European Commission website.

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