The EU Security, Migration and Borders Conference, a partnership between Forum Europe and RAND Europe, addressed a number of the key components of Europe's internal security and migration strategies. In particular, it assessed how digitisation and technology, including intelligent systems, data analytics and IoT, can support Europe's work in the areas of counterterrorism, border security and more efficient welfare and migrant integration systems. The fast-tracked approval of €2 million for the expansion of Europol’s newly created European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) and recent statements by EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers following the attacks in Brussels in March highlight the urgency of addressing the above issues and swiftly adopting an overall strategy that works for Europe.
Head of Unit - Information Systems for Borders and Security, DG HOME
Principle questions this conference addressed included:
- What direction will the reform of the Dublin system take?
- How can the integration of genuine refugees and asylum seekers within in the EU be managed more efficiently and how effective is the EU's current legislation around migrant smuggling and human trafficking?
- Is the new Smart Borders package enough to restore normal functioning of the Schengen area and deliver a more efficient, secure border control system in Europe?
- How soon can we expect a European wide automated fingerprint recognition system to be integrated into the Schengen Information System?
- How can technology support the functioning and cooperation between security orientated agencies in Europe?
- How effective is the current EU work on tackling organised crime and terrorism? How can the links between serious organised crime and terrorist financing be disrupted further?
- Can current arrangements with 3rd countries and international organisations be improved?
Fighting Terrorist Financing with Banking Data Analytics: Insights on terrorist cell indicators
When: 25 May 2016 (Half-day 12:30 - 17:30)
Where:The Renaissance Hotel, Brussels
In the context of the European Commission's Action Plan for strengthening the fight against terrorist financing, Forum Europe, in partnership with SAS and Analysis International, organised a half day workshop focusing on the effective use of banking data analytics to enable the financial sector to play a more robust and accountable role in protecting the European community from extremism and terrorism.
For more information about the workshop, please click here.