Following the example of the usa, the eu wants to invest a lot of money in research and development of security technologies, above all information and communication technologies
Since 11.9. The usa will be up and coming. A lot of money is invested not only in defense technology, but also in security and surveillance technology for the newly created "homeland security"-ministry. The eu is still far behind in this kind of scientific and technological demand for domestic and foreign, but also economic policy purposes, especially since the enlarged community of states is still struggling with a common defense and foreign policy. If the eu commission has its way, this could soon change. According to its plans, the eu will invest up to two billion euros a year in security and defence research from 2007 onwards.
15 million has already been approved for the purpose of "preparatory measures" a "program to enhance security in europe through research and technology" to be developed. This is announced under the title "security research: eu acceptance to improve the protection of citizens". A total of 65 million euros is planned for the preparatory phase. On the basis of the steps and objectives proposed here, an eu security research "european security research program" to be adopted. The eu needs "the most advanced means of anticipating new security risks and countering them in a way that serves its interests and is consistent with its values".