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Borders and security

The EU helps its member countries fight serious cross-border crime and terrorism more effectively by facilitating common action and cooperation between national police and customs authorities.

Policies

Customs security

Customs-related security initiatives of the EU include the concept of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and security cooperation with non-EU countries.

Security industry

The European Commission contributes funding and works on harmonising certification procedures for security technologies.

Law enforcement cooperation

Agencies such as Europol assist police forces in EU member countries with joint actions, improved information exchange and operational cooperation.

Support for global security

The EU carries out civilian and military missions worldwide under the common security and defence policy (CSDP).

External border control

EU helps its member countries in saving lives at sea and securing Europe's external borders. The Frontex agency coordinates surveillance and risk analysis.

Schengen and internal borders

Thanks to the border-free Schengen Area, EU countries' citizens and visitors can move freely throughout the 26 participating countries.

Preventing and fighting terrorism

Coordinating national anti-terrorism forces, preventing radicalisation, and conducting security research and crisis management are all aims of the EU.

Combating organised crime

The EU helps its member countries combat crimes such as human trafficking, online child abuse, cybercrime and trafficking in firearms and drugs.