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Combatting terrorism: Parliament sets out proposals for a new EU strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 dicembre 2018

In a non-legislative resolution discussed on Tuesday and adopted on Wednesday with 474 votes to 112 and 75 abstentions, Parliament suggests reinforcing the role of the EU agencies such as Europol and the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT Systems (eu-LISA).MEPs also voice concerns over insufficient data exchange among the agencies, and between the member states and EU authorities. They underline the importance of fully respecting fundamental rights, including data protection and freedom of expression, when undertaking counter-terrorism measures.Among Parliament’s main proposals:
Creating an EU watch list of radical preachers;
Stronger monitoring to ensure harmonised security and judicial prosecution of identified ‘returning fighters’ to Europe;
preclude convicted terrorist offenders from being granted asylum;
Anti-radicalisation measures, such as programmes for prisons, education and campaigns;
Specific training on radicalisation for EU and member states’ officials;
Strengthening EU’s external borders and proper checks at all border crossings using all relevant databases;
Demand for legal procedures to probe the praise of acts of terrorism;Removing printed or online propaganda explicitly inciting to violence;
call for continuity of EU-UK cooperation and information exchange;
Restricting knife-carrying and banning particularly harmful knives;
Inclusion of private planes under the PNR Directive;
European system of licences for specialised buyers of explosive precursors;
Urgent need for a common definition of ‘victim of terrorism’ at EU level;
Commission asked to create an EU Coordination Centre of victims of terrorism (CCVT) to provide crisis support and assistance in cases of attacks;
use the European Solidarity Fund to compensate victims of large-scale terror attacks; Closer cooperation with non-EU countries, especially neighbouring countries;
Following the vote, the co-rapporteur, Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) said: ““Yesterday’s attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg was an attack on European citizens and the common EU values and principles in the worst possible way. The incident has shown us again that we need to leave empty slogans and unrealistic measures behind and concentrate our activities on what really makes Europe safe. Despite all the efforts made over the past years, there are still gaps and ways to make the fight against terrorism more efficient. This means wider cooperation and information exchange between intelligence services and authorities, more prevention measures against radicalisation, tougher legal instruments and better protection of the rights of victims”.

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