The European Parliament must continue to facilitate a robust and well-informed policy debate on all the pertinent questions, including that of research security. The EP should also continue to push the Member States to remedy the current patchwork of national approaches to research security—and outright inaction in some capitals. There is a fierce competition worldwide for the technologies that we need the most. When choosing partners, Member States, research institutions and academics should consider possible risks and carry out due diligence. Requirements such as whether a particular country is subject to sanctions, does it have a flawed rule of law, what is its human rights protection track record, if it has an aggressive civil-military fusion strategy or limited academic freedom should be considered in the process.

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