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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 229

Posts Tagged ‘combatting’

Combatting terrorism: press conference after the vote in plenary

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

The European Parliament voted on a non-legislative initiative report on “Findings and recommendations of the Special Committee on Terrorism”.Parliament recommends multiple actions, such as reinforcing the role of the EU agencies (e.g. Europol and the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT Systems eu-LISA), creating an EU watch-list of radical preachers, strengthening EU’s external borders and proper checks at all border crossings using all relevant databases.To be adopted, the report drafted by the two co-rapporteurs Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) and Helga Stevens (ECR, BE) needs the majority of the house.

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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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Combatting terrorism – presentation of draft report and debate

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 marzo 2016

terrorismoBruxelles On Thursday morning at 09.00, Parliament’s lead MEP on the proposal for a directive on “Combatting terrorism”, Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) will present her draft report to MEPs on the Civil Liberties Committee. In the wake of the November 2015 attacks in Paris, the Commission on 2 December presented its proposal for a directive on “Combatting terrorism” to step up the fight against terrorism by criminalising also preparatory acts.EU legislation of 2002, last updated in 2008, already criminalises certain terrorist acts, including the commission of terrorist attacks. The new proposal suggests also criminalising travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, receiving training or financing of terrorist activities.The meeting will be webstreamed and can be followed live on EP Live.

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New deal on CEPOL will improve cross-border police training and cooperation in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2015

Cross-border police training and cooperation among national police authorities will be stepped up to effectively counter organised crime, cybercrime and terrorist threats thanks to a deal reached between the European Parliament and member states on an update of the rules governing the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, CEPOL. Council on 29 June confirmed the informal agreement reached with Parliament’s negotiators on an update of the rules governing the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, CEPOL. Parliament’s lead MEP Kinga Gál (EPP; HU), welcoming Council’s confirmation of the agreement, said:”The urgency and continuous development of security threats, such as e.g. terrorism and cybercrime, or the growing demand by migratory flows, make it crucial that European law enforcement authorities receive training of highest standard and are equipped with the most modern tools to effectively counter fight organised crime.
– The European dimension of CEPOL’s activity is also instrumental in building mutual trust and cross border cooperation among national law enforcement authorities, which is a key element in combatting criminal organisations which operate more and more at international level.
– Since the beginning of the negotiations, two main issues were crucial in this regulation for the Parliament: on the one hand CEPOL should be established as an independent EU Agency, with clear tasks and accountability, and in line with the Lisbon Treaty, in the shortest possible time; on the other hand fundamental rights should become visible in the agency’s mandate and CEPOL should promote a common respect for and understanding of fundamental rights in law enforcement. We are glad to confirm that we obtained both.”

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Combating hate crime

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 maggio 2014

councilHate crime does not just harm individual victims, but entire communities, affecting our societies in all their diversity. Research by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has consistently found that members of ethnic and religious groups, national minorities, migrants, LGBT people or those with disabilities are faced with prejudice on an everyday basis. The overwhelming majority of victims are, however, reluctant to report their experiences to the authorities or even to civil society organisations. Shortfalls in national data collection methods also mean that many such crimes remain unrecorded, leaving them unresolved and invisible. To discuss these issues and find ways of improving the situation, FRA is organising a seminar together with the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the EU, in cooperation with the Centre of International and European Economic Law (CIEEL). Representatives of almost all EU Member States will participate, as well as experts from international organisations including the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Council of Europe. The focus of the seminar will be on encouraging reporting and improving recording of hate crime.“One of the most shocking findings of our work on hate crime is the fear it instils in whole communities,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “Much still needs doing to build trust among victims that reporting their experiences will lead to recognition of their suffering and the prosecution of perpetrators. At the same time, EU Member States must work to improve their data collection methods to ensure that these crimes finally become visible.”Since its establishment in 2007, FRA has built up a large body of work on hate crime. This includes data on the experiences of groups such as lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender people, Roma and other ethnic minorities. The seminar, entitled How can EU Member States combat hate crime effectively? Encouraging reporting & improving recording, takes place on 28-29 April in Thessaloniki.

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