Report: Security Threats Come Mainly from Abroad

Statewatch has published a restricted access report by EUROPOL, EUROJUST and FRONTEX on the state of internal security in the European Union. A selection of the findings (I have underlined some sections):

  • The affluent consumer base and open business environment of the EU makes the region particularly vulnerable;
  • Organised crime is growing in scale and sophistication;
  • The number of terrorist attacks in the EU is declining but both violent separatist groups and Islamist extremists remain active and pose a clear threat to internal security;
  • Most threats to internal security are generated outside the EU. Africa, South Asia, the Former Soviet Union, and the Western Balkans carry particular significance;
  • Key hubs in and around the external border of the EU have developed as the principal staging posts for the inward flow of illicit goods and people;
  • Border security is compromised by groups exploiting vulnerabilities in the transport sector;
  • The threat from cyber crime is multi-dimensional, targeting citizens, businesses, and governments at a rapidly growing rate;
  • European citizens and businesses are increasingly exposed to systematic violence and corruption at the hands of organised crime groups, terrorist groups, and, increasingly, street gangs.

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