Intelligence College in Europe - a New Challenge for the European Union?

Author:Tache Bocaniala
Position:Senior Lecturer, PhD, Faculty of Law, Danubius University of Galati, Romania
ISSN: 2067 9211 Legal Sciences in the New Millennium
Intelligence College in Europe - a New
Challenge for the European Union?
Tache Bocaniala1
Abstract: For the European Union, the issu e of ensuring security, coupled with the defense of citizens' rights
and freedoms, is becoming increasingly important in the context of amplifying serious threats such as terrorism,
extremism, corruption, fund fraud or the one of the current pandemic Coronavirus, requiring new action forms
and tools. Thus, although since its first manifestations it has been claimed that the newly established
Intelligence College in Europe is not a community structure of the Eu ropean Union, in fact it can be observed
that it has been added practically to the other agencies with attributions in this field, besides the European Public
Prosecutor's Office, as a body dedicated to improving cooperation between information structures subordinated
to the governments of European countries. In this study we discu ss and try to determine to what extent, such
an entity can and should contribute to the rebuilding Europe and the revival of European constr uction by
contributing to strengthening the security of the Eu ropean Union and defending the rights and freedoms of its
Keywords: European security; information structures; protection of citizens' rights and freedoms
1. Introductory Aspects
Today's society, in an effervescent transformation, cannot be conceived without a general collaboration
between the states of the world, taken individually or already associated in various forms, such as the
UN at global level, NATO or the European Union at regional level, but also at the level of various bodies
or institutions that belong to them. The information services cannot be missing from this process either,
no matter how discreet is the activity that they carry out.
The European Union, defined as the most complex form of interstate integration, is currently
experiencing a series of developments imposed by the risks looming over it, such as the escalation of
terrorism in its various forms, uncontrolled migration, increased Euroscepticism and, as a result of
Brexit, disengagement declared by the United States of America and implicitly by NATO in Europe,
More and more authorized voices in the field have highlighted the need to create an autonomous military
structure in Europe, complementary to NATO, with its own doctrine and budget, different from those
of the component countries, but also with its own specific strategic culture2. Such a military capability
should have been supplemented by an indispensable intelligence entity. According to a special
1 Senior Lecturer, PhD, Faculty of Law, Danubius University of Galati, Romania, Address: 3 Galati Blvd., Galati 800654,
Romania, Tel.: +40372361102, Corresponding author:
2 Nicolae Iancu,

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