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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (15/03/2018)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defense and Security Sector Phase II 20-21 March 2018, Tallinn, Estonia 4th Annual European Data Economy Conference 22 March 2018, Brussels, Belgum Two years after the Brussels attacks: The challenges of jihadist radicalization in Europe and …

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Tough political talks lie ahead between European Parliament and Council over rules and financing of EU’s future defence fund

By BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – The European Commission’s June 2017 proposal to create a European Defence Fund splits into two parts: a defence research “window” and one for capability development known as the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, or EDIDP. The latter would enable the EU to co-finance with national governments the pre-acquisition costs of testing, prototyping and demonstration for developing defence and dual-use capabilities. While few policymakers contest the research window’s rules and proposed budget of EUR 500 million per year starting in 2021, there are growing concerns within the European Parliament about the fairness of the EDIDP’s tentative structure and, moreover, how to fund its preliminary two-year budget of 500 million euros for 2019-2020. At issue are...

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Bulgaria’s EU Presidency takes a dim view of EU migration policies; wants deeper cooperation with Western Balkan countries

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, with BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – Migration and the Western Balkans are two governing priorities of the EU’s new Bulgarian presidency, according the country’s prime minister, Boyko Borissov, and other officials. That was the main take-away his comments to an event sponsored here by the Hanns-Seidel Foundation on 1 February. Lilyana Pavlova, minister for Bulgaria’s presidency, laid out her country’s priorities. Rhetorically asking what kind of Europe should be in place by the benchmarks of 2020 and 2030, she said Sofia will...

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What does 2018 hold out for possible trends in migration for Europe?

By MAYA WHITNEY, with BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – Europeans are holding their breath as 2018 unfolds, wondering if the migration crisis is finally wrapping up or whether Europe should brace for the next wave of migrants. But even before looking beyond the borders of the Schengen zone, what does Europe do with the thousands of migrants who are already here? Liz Collett, founder of the Migration Policy Institute, predicts that Europe hasn’t seen the last of migration. In remarks with fellow migration experts during a 31 January webinar on the subject, she said “we are a little bit concerned about the number of nationals who are coming from Tunisia.” Perhaps more alarming, she noted that the number of immigrants of a different nationality may herald a significant shift, namely from...

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EU preparing to help NATO in a big, concrete way to improve the region’s defences, though it may take longer than envisioned

By BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – The EU and NATO never miss an opportunity to piously vaunt their “close cooperation” but for years have had little beyond meetings, and meetings about meetings, to show for it. Despite their agreeing a list of 42 cooperation areas at NATO’s July 2016 summit in Warsaw – recently augmented by another 70 or so objectives – the concrete results have been hard to see and touch, given that so much of the mutual effort is about process and exchanges of information. That is about to change, as the EU sets out to assess how it could help the alliance in a crucial and vast undertaking known as...

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Will Eastern Europe’s authoritarian bug now spread to another region in Europe?

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – Soft authoritarianism is gaining ground in Central and Eastern Europe. Political organisations such as Poland’s Law and Justice Party and Hungary’s “Fidesz” (Hungarian Civil Alliance) group, or have used parliamentary majorities and fear of Muslim immigrants to shape laws and institutions in ways that solidify their power. The question is: How far will this soft authoritarianism’s appeal reach? Could it spread to engulf the Western Balkans, and thus infect all of eastern and Central Europe with its nationalist allure? This critical question for Europe was reviewed from all angles during a brainstorming session here of...

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At space conference, EU chiefs talk ‘strategic autonomy’ up high

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – On 24 January, high-level EU policymakers and private-sector bosses came together to discuss security and defence in space during the annual “European Space Policy” conference here. One panel in particular focused on dual-use applications and how Europe’s increasing presence in space will boost European security and economic growth. Françoise Grossetête, French centre-right member of the European Parliament (MEP), opened the panel with a plea for European strategic autonomy in the face of...

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The deployment of robotic weapons and artificial intelligence will save more money for defence if shared with other public sectors

Euro-View: Researcher Jaana Kuula on robotic defence Security and defence discussions are now filled with speculation about robot weapons and artificial intelligence (AI). The problem is, security cannot be built on robotic weapons, autonomous systems or AI alone. Autonomous systems are more like operating platforms and firing systems than weapons per se. For example, electro-optical weapons, firearms, missiles, and nuclear …

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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (19/02/2018)

1. Call for proposals for buffer capacities for addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishes a European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC) in the form a voluntary pool of pre-committed response capacities of the Participating States and sets out the eligibility for financial assistance for developing …

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Horizon 2020 – Funded Security Research (19/02/2018)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: AF-Cyber: Logic-based Attribution and Forensics in Cyber Security Recent studies states that “Devices will continue to grow in volume and variety, and the forecast for connected devices by 2020 is 200 billion and climbing”. The increase of connectivity brings a drastic impact on the increase of cyber attacks. Protecting measurements are not enough, while finding who did …

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