eu-LISA Annual Conference 2020


On 26 November 2020, eu-LISA hosted its 7th Annual Conference "Interoperability - Building Digital Resilience for the EU Justice and Home Affairs Community", organised in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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AI4EU calls for organizations to propose AI challenges


EU Project

The AI4EU initiative, kicked off in January 2019 with €20 million, recently launched a Call for Challenges to select 13 Challenge Owners that will work with ‘Solutions Providers’ to set a particular problem or challenge that would like to be solved with Artificial Intelligence technologies and get 10,000€. The first cut-off date to apply is 26 January 2021, and the final deadline will be in the first quarter of 2021. 

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i-LEAD published 2020 Practitioners' Group reports


EU Project

The European Organisation for Security is a proud Partner of the i-LEAD project (GA no.740685). For this reason we are happy to share also on our website the i-LEAD Practitioners Workshop Report 2020.

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EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies put focus on digitalisation


The EU's Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies are stepping up their cooperation on digitalisation. Earlier today, the Heads of JHA Agencies came together for a virtual annual meeting, chaired by Eurojust, where they had a first exchange on Artificial Intelligence and digital capacity building, training tools and innovative learning. 

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Frontex calls for a committee to consider questions related to sea surveillance


Border Security

Last week Frontex Executive Director called for the creation of an evaluation committee to consider legal questions related to the Agency’s surveillance of external sea border and accommodating the concerns raised by Member States about “hybrid threats” affecting their national security at external borders where EBCG will deploy its standing corps. Under the Frontex proposal, the committee would be coordinated by the European Commission with the participation of Member States on a volunteer basis. It would address various questions, in particular those related to Regulation 2014/656 in the light of the current operational situation.

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Review of the Port State Control Directive


Please, be aware that a review of the Port State Control Directive (2009/16/EC) is taking place. A recent evaluation showed indeed that the Port State Control Directive continues to be pivotal in the defence against 'substandard' shipping in EU waters but identified several areas that can be improved.

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JRC Technical report - Passive Millimetre Wave Equipment for Threat Detection


Security screening and detection technologies

In October 2020, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission released a technical report entitled “Passive Millimetre Wave Equipment for Threat Detection”. This study was compiled in the frame of the Working Group “Technology and Innovation”, whose overall objective is to reflect on how technology and innovation can best contribute to rail security, while minimizing the disruption of passenger flow.

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2019 Report of the Horizon 2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG) made public


The European Commission has made public the 2019 report of the Horizon 2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG) on "Optimising access to dual-use R&T and R&D results for security".

In this paper the PASAG Group goes through the analysis of a potential scope for dual use within the current and future defence research and development programmes (PADR/EDIDP and EDF) to understand whether there are areas within which to increase the coordination and synergies between security and defence programmes

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DG HOME launches the technical working group on performance requirements for threat detection equipment used to protect public spaces


Security screening and detection technologies

The European Commission, Directorate for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) has launched an important initiative concerning “Performance requirements for threat detection equipment used to protect public spaces”, by setting up a technical working group supporting a voluntary scheme for EU performance requirements of threat-detection equipment used to protect public spaces.


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Combating terrorism – Evaluation and Fitness Check Roadmap


Crisis Management

The EU has launched an evaluation to assess EU rules on combating terrorism (Directive 2017/541). The evaluation aims to assess whether the rules are working as intended and it will also assess their impact on: fundamental rights and freedoms; the rule of law; the level of protection and assistance provided to victims of terrorism. Deadline for receipt of evaluation: 19 November 2020 (midnight Brussels time).

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Boosting European rail transport: harmonised procedures across the whole EU


Critical Infrastructures

On Saturday 31 October Member States will finalise the transposition of the technical of the Fourth Railway Package, thereby granting the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) additional powers needed to become Europe’s single certification body for rail vehicles and railway traffic operators.

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Cyber-Physical Threat Intelligence for Critical Infrastructures Security Book


EU Project

The SAFECARE project (Grant agreement ID: 787002) contributed four chapters to the Open Access book “Cyber-Physical Threat Intelligence for Critical Infrastructures Security”, these are:

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White Book on Strategies for Countering Violent Extremism


EU Project

The White Book on Strategies Countering Violent Extremis is a collection of policy papers that maps current European preventing and countering violent extremism strategies (P/CVEs) with the aim of providing the research community, policy-makers, first-line practitioners and industry, with practical recommendations concerning P/CVE practices, programmes and methods.

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ENISA Threat Landscape 2020: Cyber Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated, Targeted, Widespread and Undetected


Cyber security

On October 20, 2020, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), with the support of the European Commission, EU Member States and the CTI Stakeholders Group, published the 8th annual ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL) 2020 report, identifying and evaluating the top cyber threats for the period January 2019-April 2020. In particular, the ETL report aims to map the cyber threat landscape in a means to help decision-makers, policy-makers and security specialists define strategies to defend citizens, organisations and cyberspace.

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Paolo Venturoni has been included among the "10 Best Successful CEOs of 2020"


Paolo Venturoni, CEO of the European Organisation for Security (EOS), has been included among the “10 Best Successful CEOs of 2020” by Industry Era Magazine. 

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EOS releases new Position Paper Calling For Greater European Digital Autonomy


Given the speed and complexity with which the global digital economy is evolving, EOS is keen to ensure that the EU is not left behind in the global digital market place, and has the means and capabilities to develop its own digital autonomy and secure its cybersecurity independently from third-countries.

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