The Experts Looking Out for Europe's Security
This spring a so-named Group of Personalities in the Field of Security Research is to submit a report to the European Commission that will outline a research program for Europe's future security. It will then lead to a call for proposals for six to eight projects financed to the tune of 65 million euros ($83 million) over a three year period. The sum is tiny compared to the 17.5 billion euro outlay for the EU's sixth research and development program. In the long run, however, it will lay the cornerstones of a "Homeland Security" system in Europe. Members of the group - legislators, businessmen and researchers-were chosen on the basis of their know-how and skills in the security sector. Their work will be coordinated by the Commission's Research and Information Society directorates.