Does Europe need “Homeland Security”?
12 May 2010, Bibliothèque Solvay
Keynote Speaker: Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission
Session I – 12:30-14:00- Prospects for cooperation in building a European Homeland Security policy
Terrorist attacks in Europe since 9/11 have prompted greater efforts in European homeland security. What concrete achievements can EU governments and institutions point to? Is there now a greater coherence of national security policies in the EU, and what political will exists to go further towards creating a genuine EU strategy? How has the Lisbon treaty and the Commission portfolio reshuffle affected such a fundamentally inter-pillar issue, and should Europe consider creating a European Homeland Security Agency? What lessons can the EU draw from the US Department of Homeland Security experience?
Solvay SDA Members’ Lunch – 14:00 15:00
Session II – 15:00-16:30 – Security & resilience: the case of Critical Infrastructure Protection
Protecting critical infrastructures is the cornerstone of homeland security. To what extent have EU member states now agreed on a common definition of critical infrastructures with the design of new tools such as the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP) and the Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network (CIWIN)? Can Europe build a common framework that guarantees a better matching of needs and solutions in critical infrastructure protection? What role for NATO in CIP? Are public-private partnerships a viable option, and is it only larger companies that own critical infrastructures? In sectors as diverse as telecommunications, water, energy, transport and power, what terrorist attacks scenarios are being studied?
Giles Merritt, Director, Security & Defence Agenda