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The Importance of (Counter)Intelligence: Is the EU Ready to Play the Big Game?

Viliam Ostatník
Download the Long read via link: The Importance of (Counter)Intelligence: Is the EU Ready to Play the Big Game? – Viliam Ostatník

Watch the discussion on this topic with Viliam and Juraj Kulik, director of the National Security Analytical Centre on our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/X8KgGimaoIA

In the current international security and geopolitical environment, the EU faces some new and some recurring challenges. Given recent cases of undue influence of the third states over the EU policies (e.g., the “Qatargate”), but – mainly – the Russian and Chinese influence or espionage in the EU industrial, trade, security and foreign policies, the EU should focus more on monitoring and countering other states’ influence over its policies. Both collectively as well as on the member state level, it should acknowledge new needs in the area of (counter)intelligence. The EU has very limited and fragmented intelligence capacities and capabilities and remains dependent on individual member states. Moreover, the EU has practically no capacities in the area of counterintelligence.

This text aims to explore ways how the EU could move forward in this area, namely through the establishment of a body of national envoys similar to the EU permanent representatives (meeting within Coreper 2 format) or national ambassadors to the Political and Security Committee, that would address collective (counter)intelligence. Alternatively, a body similar either to Europol (an umbrella organization tasked with coordinating national capacities and authorities) or the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (as a form of enhanced cooperation) could be set up. Also, the EU could strengthen already existing bodies such as SIAC and/or Intelligence College in Europe. All with the ultimate aim to enhance its defences and help provide stability, security, and prosperity to the EU citizens.

Download the Long read via link: The Importance of (Counter)Intelligence: Is the EU Ready to Play the Big Game? – Viliam Ostatník

Watch the discussion on this topic with Viliam and Juraj Kulik, director of the National Security Analytical Centre on our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/X8KgGimaoIA
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