As highlighted in the Staff Working Document on Enhancing Security through Research and Innovation (SWD(2021) 422), a capability-driven approach allows the establishment of systematic, forward-looking, transparent and accountable processes to aid in decisions of expenditure. This is a fundamental prerequisite to be able to optimise any medium to long term planning process. Such an approach is already widely used in other communities, such as defence and aerospace. However, with the notable exception of border management, where capability-based planning has been introduced with the 2019 European Border and Coast Guard Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2019/1896 of 13 November 2019 on the European Border and Coast Guard), the majority of the EU civil security sectors have not yet fully embraced this capability-driven approach, including the long-term view and the structured framework that is inherent to it. Nonetheless, several of its elements, such as foresight, synergies between funding instruments or demand-supply dialogue are already structurally part of existing frameworks, including in domains such as law enforcement, customs or civil protection, thus showing a tendency towards a more systematic and forward-looking strategic planning.
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