Embedding fundamental rights in the security agenda

The recent events in Paris have challenged our sense of safety. They come at a time when the European Union is in the course of discussing its priorities in the area of internal security for the next five years. This paper examines the ways in which a fundamental rights perspective can benefit the current debate, so that a fundamental rights-anchored approach can support the creation of legitimate, effective and sustainable law enforcement and counter-radicalisation measures.

After the adoption of the Council conclusions on the development of a renewed EU Internal Security Strategy in December 2014, the European Commission is now preparing the European Agenda for Security to deal with the security threats that Europe is facing, from the threat of terrorism – increased by the proximity of conflict-ridden regions in the Middle East and elsewhere – to organised crime or cybercrime in its numerous manifestations. The trans-national nature of the current security concerns, particularly in an area defined by freedom of movement, contributes to a renewed sense of urgency for a joint response at EU level.