Title: Science and Security in the EU
Citation: Proceedings of Science, Society and Security: Science and Society in the Face of New Security Threats Conference
Publisher: IOS Press B.V.
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC31258
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC31258
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Since the events of 9/11/2001 security concerns have taken a notably greater importance on policy agendas. In December 2003, the European Union (EU) defined its first security strategy (A Secure Europe in a Better World adopted by EU heads of State and Governments). This marked an important step towards a convergence of views on security within the EU and also provided the basis for the development of a new European security culture. In 2004, the European Commission launched a Preparatory Action in the field of security research entitled ‘Enhancement of the European industrial potential in the field of security research’ with a view to improving the security of European citizens, reinforcing European technological and industrial potential in security-related areas, and establishing a comprehensive European Security Research Programme from 2007 onwards. Effective security policies depend critically on assessing what scientific and technological knowledge is available, what knowledge is needed and how that knowledge can be put into effective use. The challenge is to understand how science and technology can contribute towards tackling threats and security challenges. This paper provides an overview of the recent developments in the EU’s approach to security research.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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