Freedom, Security, and Justice

One of the fundamental objectives of the European Union is to offer its citizens an area of freedom, security, and justice without internal borders. The EU is active in a full range of policy areas to fight terrorism; tackle organized crime; manage migration; establish a common asylum area; develop supportive measures on integration to maximize the positive impact of migrants in the EU; and further develop an integrated management of the external borders and a common visa policy to guarantee the free movement of people within the EU.

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Counterterrorism

The EU fights terrorism by helping to strengthen the capabilities of its Member States, facilitating European cooperation, promoting international partnership, and more. Find out how.... Read more

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Europol and Eurojust

The European Union supports effective cooperation among the national law enforcement and judicial authorities of its Member States through agencies like Europol and Eurojust.

Europol

Europol—the EU’s law enforcement agency that handles criminal intelligence—plays a key role… Read more

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Immigration

The European Union is home to more than 20 million immigrants. Learn how the EU manages immigration.... Read more

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Schengen Area

The 17-year-old Schengen area is one of the EU’s most tangible, popular, and successful achievements. Cooperation among the 26 Schengen nations makes it possible for hundreds of millions of EU citizens, as well as many non-EU nationals, business people, and tourists who are in the EU legally, to cross internal borders without being subject to passport inspections.... Read more

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Visa Waiver

Although U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa for a short stay in the Schengen area, not all of the EU Member States have been admitted to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Learn more.... Read more