The EU’s Internal Security Fund: A Brief Overview

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PRECRISIS is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund (ISF).

ISF is set up for the period 2021-27, with a total budget of EUR 1.93 billion. The Fund will contribute to reach a high level of security in the EU, in particular by preventing and combating terrorism, radicalisation, serious and organised crime and cybercrime, by assisting and protecting victims of crime, and by preparing for, protecting against and effectively managing security-related incidents, risks and crises.

ISF will pursue three specific objectives:

  1. to increase the exchange of information among and within the EU law enforcement, and other competent authorities and relevant EU bodies, as well as with non-EU countries, and international organisations;
  2. to intensify cross-border cooperation, including joint operations, among and within the EU law enforcement and other competent authorities, in relation to terrorism and serious and organised crime with a cross-border dimension; and
  3. to support efforts to strengthen capabilities to combat andprevent crimeterrorism and radicalisation, as well as manage security-related incidents, risks and crises, in particular through increased cooperation between public authorities, civil society and private partners across the Member States.

Concrete actions funded through ISF can include a wide range of initiatives, such as:

  • the purchase/procurement of ICT systems, and associated training, testing as well as their improved interoperability and data quality;
  • monitoring of the implementation of EU law and policy objectivesin the Member States in the area of security information systems;
  • operations implementing or facilitating the implementation of the EU Policy Cycle/EMPACT(European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats);
  • support to thematic or cross-theme networksof specialised national units to improve mutual confidence, exchange and dissemination of know-how, information, experiences and best practices, pooling of resources and expertise in joint centres of excellence; and
  • education and training for relevant law enforcement and judicial authorities and administrative agencies.

To learn more about the Fund, check out the ISF video presentation by DG Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission.

For more information on funding by the EU for counter-terrorism specialists and public space protection innovators, check out the article From Threat to Threat: Terrorism and the Protection of Public Spaces, published in the specialized magazine Policing Insight.

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