Article from Leigh Phillips on EUobserver.com:

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – As European ‘homeland security’ sector stakeholders meet this week in Stockholm, a civil liberties watchdog is warning that decisions on the expansion of this lucrative new sector, hived off from public view and with minimal democratic scrutiny, are being made by the very companies that will ultimately profit from from them.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, security research stakeholders from across the continent met in Stockholm for the annual European Security Research Conference under the aegis of the EU presidency, currently held by Sweden.
The conference, the “major place to meet and discuss the creation of a security research area in Europe,” according to the Swedish EU presidency, takes place as a new report from UK-based civil liberties monitoring group Statewatch, brings to light how the very companies that will profit from the bloc’s €1.4 billion European Security Research Programme (ERSP) are the ones that are participating in its design and implementation.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, security research stakeholders from across the continent met in Stockholm for the annual European Security Research Conference under the aegis of the EU presidency, currently held by Sweden.

The conference, the “major place to meet and discuss the creation of a security research area in Europe,” according to the Swedish EU presidency, takes place as a new report from UK-based civil liberties monitoring group Statewatch, brings to light how the very companies that will profit from the bloc’s €1.4 billion European Security Research Programme (ERSP) are the ones that are participating in its design and implementation”.

The European Commission, for its part, feels that the people behind the report are getting worked up over very little…

Civil liberties monitors worry about the lack of participation of European and national parliaments in the development of the security sector (Photo: The Blackbird)

Check out SRC09, the EU security research conference.