Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has pledged to make Europe ‘fit for the digital age’, including in the areas of big data, 5G and artificial intelligence. On March 9, her first 100 days in office are over and measured against her agenda for the legislative period 2019–2024. While the course has been set for an innovative and competitive EU regarding digitalisation and cyber, the Commission’s approach has lacked a security perspective. This Policy Paper by Franca König explains why the inclusion of a security dimension is crucial and how Europol, the EU’s agency for police cooperation, could help von der Leyen to this end.
Franca König is an expert on EU security with a focus on police cooperation; formerly she was a Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre.