Europe is under attack: Thousands of organised crime groups are operating in Europe. Hundreds of Europeans have been killed by terrorists. And many companies have experienced cyber-attacks. But how can we better protect our citizens from these threats? We believe, we can! With the Power of WE. Joining our security and intelligence forces, we want to turn Europol into a true European FBI in 10 steps. On the operative level, we need more joint investigation teams. Only by working together can we win the fight against terrorists, human traffickers, drugs and illegal weapons. Mutual understanding is key: Europol must get all the expertise available and enough translators to keep up with international crime. A European Police Academy ensures that future Europol agents get the best training, together with national police officers. In Europe, we have vast information on criminals and offenders. But a lot of it still goes unused. Therefore, we will extend and share relevant databases and increase the number of data analysts to establish a full European picture. To successfully solve crimes, we will make Europol the European leader in digital forensics and biotech.
To stop criminals and terrorists, we also need to get a hold on their communication: If necessary, we need to have access to the encryption technologies of Internet companies. With a European Decryption Hub, we will increase our own European capacities. Boosting security research, we will bring experts and academics together to develop the key security technologies of tomorrow. Europol has to have the means to protect Europe and our citizens: We will double its budget. We will make sure that Europol is granted more rights to investigate when it comes to fighting counterfeiters of Euro bills and defending the security of EU institutions. We will ensure that Europol, ENISA and the new cyber-brigade work closely together to fight cyber-attacks. Let’s join our forces and create a true European FBI to protect our citizens! Together, with the Power of WE – WE – Weber.