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Video Interviews on “Security and Societal Issues: how to strike the good balance”

During the organization of the roundtable on “Security and Societal Issues: how to strike the good balance” three video interviews with the main speakers were conducted. Watch the video interviews HERE.

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Video Interviews: 30 Years of Schengen & latest developments


Don't miss these interesting series of video interviews with EU stakeholders and academics presenting their views on 30 years of Schengen and state of affairs.

New Video: Predictive policing of cybercrime

On the 15th of June 2015, in Brussels, experts in cyber security and predictive policing from around Europe, representing all stakeholder groups (police, industry, policy making, civil society, technology and academia), expressed their concerns about the new societal challenges brought forward by the use of modern technologies and cyber-crime.


Secretary General of the European Corporate Security Association (ECSA) - Antwerp

“The only way to avoid having military in our streets and excessive checking is for society itself to increase its awareness and its readiness to respond in case something happens. It is the only way in which a democratic society can react to the increased new threat environment”

Yvan de Mesmaeker is the Secretary General of the European Corporate Security Association (ECSA) and Professor at the Belgian National College for Senior Police Officers. ECSA is an association representing over 300 security corporations that provides a trusted forum for discussions of mutual interest and to stimulate public private cooperation.


Writer and Independent Journalist - Brussels

“Unfortunately the welfare states of Europe are being demolished as we speak. The word being used is austerity, but it might be more accurate to say that we are living through quite an extremist capitalist experiment that is designed to widen inequality. I don’t think that’s a recipe for good security”

David Cronin is a writer, and an independent journalist. He has written two books: Corporate Europe: How Big Business Sets Policies on Food, Climate and War, and Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation. He also writes for, amongst others, the Guardian, spinwatch and open democracy.

“The European Union has pandered to extremist political forces who view foreigners, asylum seekers and migrants as a threat to Europe.”


Policy advisor at the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union - Brussels

“Societal security to me, means inclusive societies, whether here in Europe or abroad”

Merete Bilde is policy advisor at the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union in Brussels. Prior to her current position, she worked in the Policy Unit of EU High Representative Javier Solana on issues related to political aspects of Islam and cross-cultural relations. Her expertise lies with issues at the cross section of religion and foreign policy.

“It’s very difficult to legislate tolerance and respect. It is something that has to come through culture, education etc.”


Project manager and Spokesperson of the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF) - Paris

Elsa is a project manager and spokesperson of the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF), a civil society organization that supports victims of islamophobia in France. CCIF conducts monitoring and reporting, provides legal assistance to victims, provides education to public bodies on islamophobia and participates in European and international projects that focus on countering islamophobia.

"You can not fight for freedom and security if you restrain the civil rights of your population"


Director of National Security and Crisis Management at TNO - The Hague

Leen is the Director of National Security and Crisis Management at TNO – The Netherlands organisation for Applied Scientific Research. The core research focus of the department is to develop concrete solutions to security and safety issues in the Netherlands and, increasingly, on an international level.

Leen’s experience is perhaps different from many of his colleagues in the research organisation. His background is with the Dutch defence organisations. He was in leadership positions first in the armed forces, then with the military police force and thereafter he joined the Dutch national police force. His experience in particular in combatting organised crime is therefore based on years of practical field experience.

“Organised crime has often an international character, and is not concerned with the normal national boundaries that local law enforcement agencies are bound by. Therefore international collaboration is essential and information sharing is key when it comes to combatting organised crime.”


Director of The Hague Security Delta - The Hague

“There has always been a security element in what I have done, but it can also be defined as broader interest in societal aspects. That is the interesting part for me - that and to contribute to a better and a more secure world”

Ida Haisma is the director of The Hague Security Delta (HSD), the largest security cluster in Europe, where businesses, governments and knowledge institutions work together on innovation and knowledge in the field of safety and security.


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