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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Combatting terrorism: EP special committee calls for closer EU cooperation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 novembre 2018

Set of proposals to overcome existing gaps in EU’s response to terrorism Measures aim to prevent financing terrorism and radicalisation Key is to strengthen cooperation among member states Europol should become a true “hub” for information exchange and cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism at EU level, if necessary with a stronger mandate. The special committee on terrorism adopted on Tuesday evening its final report, which includes a wide set of measures that the EU should take as quickly as possible to improve its response to the terrorist threat. The draft report, approved with 23 votes to 2 with 5 abstentions and drafted by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) and Helga Stevens (ECR, BE), maps the existing gaps in counter-terrorism activities at EU level and puts forward a set of proposals to overcome these deficiencies and to strengthen cooperation between member states.It puts forward new measures to:
prevent radicalisation;
prevent terrorist financing;
reinforce judicial cooperation among member states;
exchange information and protect external borders;
address the issue of the rights of the victims of terrorism and how they can be supported.
The committee calls on the next President of the European Commission to maintain a self-standing portfolio for the Commissioner for “Security Union” and urges member states to swiftly share information if there is a change to the threat level and the rationale behind it.
The mandate of the Special Committee on Terrorism, which began in September 2017, concluded on Tuesday night. The text will be submitted to the European Parliament’s Plenary for definitive adoption in December.

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