On 9 July 2015 the European Parliament published its European agenda on security, setting out the current situation of security in the European Union before identifying three key areas upon which efforts should be focused: terrorism, radicalism and cybercrime.
The European Parliament recognises the significant threat that cybercrime poses to both businesses and individuals and emphasises that terrorist organisations and organised criminal groups are increasingly using cyberspace to facilitate different avenues of crime. The emphasis on cybercrime follows previous announcements by both EU institutions and cybersecurity experts advocating the need for international cooperation and an overall cybercrime centre to counter the global growth of cybercrime. In order to achieve this a number of counter security methods were set out in the agenda, including:
- Calling on the European Commission to perform a thorough analysis of law enforcement powers available to tackle this problem and also launch a corresponding awareness and preparedness campaign to promote the threats of cybercrime
- Highlighting the importance of research and innovation and the need to have a competitive EU security industry to encourage growth within Europe’s security sector