Now in its third year, Forum Europe’s EU Internal Security Conference will gather thought leaders, policymakers and practitioners to discuss the progress made in the areas of public safety, border management, migration and hybrid threats while focusing on the contribution that technology and innovation can make in delivering solutions in Europe’s internal security challenges.
In a rapidly changing world, Europe’s security challenges continue to grow in complexity.
Under the Strategic Agenda, agreed by the European Council covering the period 2019-2024, initiatives such as the fight against terrorism, delivering smarter, targeted and interoperable information systems and tackling emerging hybrid threats such as disinformation and cybercrime were identified as key priorities as part of ensuring public protection and freedom in Europe. These priorities are reflected in the mission letters sent to the new European Commissioners by President Ursula von der Leyen, and this conference will look at the work the executive and its agencies will undertake over the next 5 years in order to deliver on its internal security mandate.
European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs
European Commissioner for the Security Union
Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia
Executive Director, European Border and Coast Guard Agency
Executive Director, eu-LISA
Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
* Job titles are correct at time of conference
European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth
Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade
Deputy Head of Unit Data Policy and Innovation, DG CNECT
Director-General of DG DIGIT
Business Strategist for Artificial Intelligence
Tackling terrorism sits at the heart of the new European Commission’s internal security policy. The EU already has several initiatives, whether building law enforcement and information sharing architectures that support cooperation – crucially across borders – or the focus on the prevention and removal of terrorist content online. However, as new threats emerge and as internal and foreign policy dynamics change, the ability and agility of public protection agencies to respond to such change, is key. We will delve deeper into how information is shared amongst member states and public security agencies to combat threats and crime.
This session will take stock of the work done by the last European Commission and agencies such as Europol, and what we can expect from the new executive. It will focus on the nature of the changing threat landscape, and how the EU, member states and EU agencies can deepen cooperation internally and with its neighbours.
Many of Europe’s security concerns originate from instability its immediate neighbourhood. This panel will elaborate on the current challenges faced at the EU’s external borders, how the new information architectures, once in place, will impact on border and migration management in the European Union and also discuss the proposal of a ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum’, including the revision of Eurodac regulation.
Since EU-LISA was launched in 2011, the EU has made significant progress in a number of areas relating to interoperability of its information systems. 2020 will see upgrades to existing systems and new services expected to come on stream by the end of 2021. How will these new architectures benefit EU law enforcement and those protecting Europe’s external borders? What work is required to maintain and strengthen existing large-scale IT systems such SIS, VIS and Eurodac, and what can we expect from the work to date on the EES, ETIAS, ECRIS-TCN and its interoperability components?
This session will also take a step further by looking at the adoption of a Customs Single Window that reinforces the protection of borders and how the use of technology can help simplify administrative procedures for companies.
Hybrid threats are often discreet, and are designed to be coercive, subversive and are difficult to attribute. Disinformation has come to the fore in recent years, while the cyber security of critical infrastructure continues to be a priority area.
This session will focus on priorities to secure critical infrastructure in the EU, and the extent to which the introduction of new innovations and technologies such as artificial intelligence create new opportunities and challenges, both from a critical infrastructure perspective, and in the fight against other hybrid threats such as disinformation campaigns especially in the area of election interference.
We will look at what impact initiatives such as the Rapid Alert System launched in March last year has had in tackling disinformation and better coordinating responses amongst member states and EU institutions. The session will further explore how the EU can build on its existing relationships and partnerships with organisations such as NATO.
Registration for this event is complimentary for all participants.