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Five million euros for Europol’s “decryption platform”

The EU is looking to improve its capabilities to circumvent and crack encryptions. Member states are to invest in hardware and software with Europol coordinating these efforts

By Matthias Monroy

The police agency Europol is set to receive a further 5 million euros to reinforce its capabilities with regard to decrypting content, as was reported by the European Commission in its Thirteenth progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union. According to the report, the money will be set aside in the Europol budget for 2018. The Commission had already pledged these funds in its twelfth progress report, but did not disclose the amount until 24 January. Prior to this, the EU home affairs ministers had called for further support at their December meeting.

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EU migration control: easier access to satellite intelligence

Earth observation is playing an increasingly important role in European security and defence policy. Greater synergies are to be achieved between civil and military capabilities in future. This is being trialled in the field of migration control: satellites are providing information about refugees’ “hiding places”, among other things. The border agency Frontex is one of the organisations using this information.

By Matthias Monroy

The European Union is now making security-related information from satellite intelligence available using a software application named “GeohuB”. The tool was developed in the framework of the multi-level project “Geospatial Information to Support decision Making in Operations” (GISMO), launched in 2014. The agency responsible is the European Defence Agency (EDA). GeohuB is intended to facilitate geospatial intelligence. According to EDA, it covers “land, sea, airspace and cyber”.

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon zur Elysee-Erklärung: „Nein, wir werden nicht unterzeichnen!“

Am Freitag, den 29. Dezember, hat der Parlamentspräsident François de Rugy den Fraktionen der Assemblée nationale zwei Texte vorgelegt, die bis zum 4. Januar unterzeichnet werden sollten. Es handelt sich dabei einerseits um ein Abkommen zwischen dem Deutschen Bundestag und der Assemblée nationale und andererseits um eine gemeinsame Resolution, die der deutschen und der französischen Regierung vorgelegt werden sollen. Und dies anlässlich des Jahrestags des Elysée-Vertrags, durch den eine neue Ära freundschaftlicher deutsch-französischer Beziehungen eingeleitet wurde. Angesichts der Bedeutung dieser Texte, des Zeitpunkts ihrer Übermittlung, der kurzen, uns zugestandenen Frist und trotz der für uns alle eigentlich sitzungsfreien Woche haben wir uns natürlich sofort am Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag, den 31. Dezember sowie am Neujahrstag und sogar bis heute mit den beiden Texten befasst. Offensichtlich können in diesen Texten keine Änderungen vorgenommen werden, sie sind ohne unser Zutun verfasst worden, und wir wurden nun lediglich aufgefordert, sie zu unterzeichnen und damit unsere Zustimmung zu erklären oder eben nicht.

Wir werden nicht unterzeichnen.

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Military intelligence for Europol

The EU plans to strengthen the linkages between its internal and external security structures. In future, military information will increasingly be used in combating terrorism and organised crime. Cooperation is being tested first in the field of migration.

Matthias Monroy

The European Union is planning the establishment of „Crime Information Cells“ (CIC) for the exchange of data between the police, military and secret services. The intention of the players involved is to reinforce the “external dimension of internal security”. The “Crime Information Cells” would strengthen linkages between civil and military EU missions. This would apply to Common Security and Defence Policy missions (CSDP) and the area of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), which fall within the remit of the European External Action Service or European Commission.

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Border surveillance technology for new Libyan search and rescue zone

By Matthias Monroy

Libya is to become the first third-state to join the EU’s satellite-supported “Seahorse Mediterranean” network. The Italian military is currently setting up the necessary control centres, to be followed by a new application for a search and rescue zone, supported by Italy. In the end, the Libyan coastguard is to coordinate all maritime search and rescue missions itself.

Shortly after Muammar Gaddafi‘s fall from power in 2011, the European Union attempted to incorporate Libyan border surveillance into European systems. Just one year later, rebels in the first post-revolution government signed a declaration with the intention of establishing maritime situation centres in the capital Tripoli and in Benghazi. The Libyan coastguard, which is part of the military, was to be linked with the Mediterranean Border Cooperation Centre (MEBOCC) in Rome. Libyan border guards would then have been provided with information from the European states bordering the Mediterranean in real time, in order to prevent refugees from crossing to Italy and Malta.

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Andrej Hunko, MdB 2018