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European Defence Action Plan - COM (2016) 950

Document type: 
Policy document
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publisher / Publication: 
European Commission Communication - COM (2016) 950
Abstract: 

On 30 November 2016 the Commission presented the European defence action plan (EDAP).

The plan proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States (MS) in more efficient spending in joint defence. Announced in the 2016 Commission work programme, the EDAP follows up on the communication 'Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector'  of July 2013, as well as on the conclusions of the European Council of December 2013. 

Security Union - A Europe that protects

Document type: 
Policy document
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publisher / Publication: 
European Commission
Abstract: 

In this Factsheet, the European Commission outlines the state of play regarding legislative initiatives aimed at the completion of the Security Union

Action Plan to support the protection of public spaces - COM (2017) 612

Document type: 
Policy document
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publisher / Publication: 
European Commission
Abstract: 

Recent terrorist attacks have shown a recurrent targeting of public spaces, exploiting the intrinsic vulnerabilities of these so-called "soft targets" that result from their open nature and public

character. This concerned pedestrian precincts, tourist sites, transport hubs, shopping malls, places of worship, outdoor markets, concert halls and city squares. This Action Plan sets out measures to provide guidance and support to Member States at national, regional and local level in protecting public spaces.These operational measures will support Member States in detecting threats, reducing the vulnerability of public spaces, mitigating the consequences of a terrorist attack and improving cooperation.

  

Action Plan to enhance preparedness against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear security risks - COM (2017) 610

Document type: 
Policy document
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publisher / Publication: 
European Commission
Abstract: 

This Action Plan aims to increase the European cooperation to strengthen CBRN security with a focus on preventing, preparing for, and responding to CBRN threat and terrorism attacks.

Actions set out in this Communication will support Member States to protect citizens and infrastructures. Many of the proposed actions pursue an all-hazards approach and will also contribute to improving preparedness for any large scale CBRN incidents unconnected to terrorism. 

Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building strong cybersecurity for the EU - JOIN (2017) 450

Document type: 
Policy document
Publisher / Publication: 
European Commission / European External Action Service
Abstract: 

The European Commission and the High Representative propose a wide range of concrete measures to further strengthen the EU’s cybersecurity structures and capabilities with more cooperation between

the Member States and the different EU structures concerned. These measures are intended to ensure that the EU is better prepared to face the ever-increasing cybersecurity challenges. The approach set out in this Joint Communication aims at building greater resilience and strategic autonomy, boosting capabilities interms of technology and skills, as well as helping to build a strong single market. Additionally, it aims at a better deterence against cyber-attacks, by stepping up work to detect, trace and hold to account those responsible. 

Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats - a European Union response - JOIN (2016) 18

Document type: 
Policy document
Publisher / Publication: 
European Commission / European External Action Service (EEAS)
Abstract: 

This Joint Communication aims to facilitate a holistic approach that will enable the EU, in coordination with Member States, to specifically counter threats of a hybrid nature by creating synergies

between all relevant instruments and fostering close cooperation between all relevant actors. The actions build on existing strategies and sectoral policies that contribute to achieving greater security. In particular, the European Agenda on Security, the European Union Global Strategy for foreign and security policy and European Defence Action Plan, the EU Cybersecurity Strategy, the Energy Security Strategy, the European Union Maritime Security Strategy are tools that may also contribute to countering hybrid threats. 

A Strategic Approach to Resilience in the EU's external action - JOIN (2017) 21

Document type: 
Policy document
Publisher / Publication: 
European Commission / European External Action Service (EEAS)
Abstract: 

The European Commission and the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini present how the European Union aims to support states, societies, communities and individuals in adapting to gr

owing and increasingly long-term pressures. This is one the priorities guiding the EU's external action as presented by the EU Global Strategy. It puts a particular emphasis on anticipation, prevention and preparedness, aiming to move from crisis containment to a more structural and long-term approach to global challenges.

Eurobarometer - Gender-based violence

Document type: 
Report
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publisher / Publication: 
Eurobarometer Special Survey 449
Abstract: 

This survey investigates the perceptions of EU citizens about gender-based violence.

Chapter I looks at general perceptions of domestic violence, in terms of perceived prevalence against both men and women. It also examines views of how acceptable such violence is or can be as well as personal awareness of both domestic violence and available support services. Finally the chapter looks at whether domestic violence is perceived as a “private matter”. Chapter II focuses on citizens’ views on the appropriate legal response to various forms of gender-based violence and looks at how these difference types of violence are viewed in terms of whether they are wrong and are or should be against the law. Chapter III looks at prevalence of sexual harassment more widely and where violence against women is most likely to take place. Finally it examines the extent to which respondents agree or disagree with a series of statements relating to perceptions of sexual violence against women. It also presents a series of different situations to respondents and examines whether any of these can ever justify sexual intercourse without consent. 

Eurobarometer - Data Protection

Document type: 
Report
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publisher / Publication: 
Special Eurobarometer 431
Abstract: 

This survey is designed to support the finalisation of the data protection reform by studying the views of EU citizens about issues surrounding data protection. It first looks at the level of

control respondents feel they have over the personal data they provide online, their concerns about any perceived lack of control and about the monitoring of their activities. Secondly, the survey deals with the respondents’ attitudes to providing personal information and issues such as online profiling. They were then asked about their awareness of their rights, and whether they know about their national public authority in charge of data protection. Finally, whether they would complain to this or another agency should their data ever be lost or stolen. People’s expectations are also evaluated in terms of whether they think they should have to give express permission for their data to be gathered and used. Respondents were asked whether they trust various authorities and bodies to protect their information, and what they would do and what they would expect to happen should their data be lost or stolen. The survey then tackled the respondents’ level of knowledge when it comes to the conditions of data collection, and whether they read the privacy statements provided by online services. Finally, the level of awareness of privacy settings on social networking sites was discussed, with respondents asked how easy they find it to change the settings, or why they have not done so. A last section deals with the way in which Europeans use the Internet. 

Eurobarometer - Europeans' attitude towards Security

Document type: 
Report
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publisher / Publication: 
Eurobarometer Special Survey 464b
Abstract: 

The aim of this report is to analyse the results of the questions asked regarding citizens’ overall awareness, experiences and perceptions of security.

The survey explores the issue of security by looking at a whole host of areas: overall perceptions of security and threats, perceptions of the actions taken by the police and other law enforcement authorities to combat those threats, and their attitudes toward national and international cooperation in dealing with the various security challenges faced by the Member States of the EU. 

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