A strong & robust EU
Europe is facing major internal security challenges: terrorism, cyber-related threats and organised crime are all increasing. The Netherlands believes full implementation of EU legislation is essential to overcome these challenges. Furthermore, because these issues affect us all, we need to work together to effectively strengthen internal security. We need to improve cooperation and the exchange of information. Digitalisation is essential. Considering the cross-border and electronic nature of many crimes, there is, for example, a need to effectively access digital evidence across borders.
With regard to internal security, we believe the top priorities for the EU in years to come should be counterterrorism, cross-border crime, cyber security, and countering foreign interference. We believe we would benefit from an internal security strategy based on risk and threat assessments, upstream disruption, common crime and the needs of the services on the ground. Stronger coordination and cooperation among member states, the European Commission and JHA agencies is essential to succeed, as are stronger public-private partnerships.
At the forefront of new legislation should always be the interests of citizens and the needs of law enforcement and the judiciary. However, it is vital that we not to lose sight of fundamental rights and data protection. This is also important when developing an EU framework for Artificial Intelligence, which the Netherlands strongly supports. In our view, a secure Europe could benefit from AI technologies for research, innovation and operational use.