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Tackling terrorism: MEPs approve tighter rules on homemade explosives

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 aprile 2019

Homemade explosives used in 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU between 2015 and 2017 New chemicals added to the list of banned substances.
Clearer licensing and screening systems for the sale of dangerous chemicals.
Plans to update and tighten rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives were approved by MEPs, on Tuesday
Approximately 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU between 2015 and 2017 used homemade explosives, demonstrating clear gaps in the current rules. Furthermore, the security threat has been constantly evolving, with terrorists using new formulas and techniques to prepare homemade explosives.The new rules aim to close the gaps in current legislation by:
adding new chemicals to the list of banned substances. This would include sulphuric acid which is used to produce TATP, the explosive used in the 2015 attacks in Paris, the Brussels attack in 2016 and the Manchester attack in 2017;
tightening the licensing conditions to purchase and use explosives precursors, ending the current weak registration systems that allow people to buy restricted substances by simply showing an ID card;
clarifying that online marketplaces are equally covered by the rules on sale, and on the reporting of suspicious transactions.The restrictions will not apply to professionals who need to use these chemicals in connection to their trade or profession.Rapporteur Andrejs Mamikins (S&D, LV) said: “This is a victory of European security over the terrorist threat, which no Member State can tackle individually. The new rules will close security gaps in the use and sale of explosives by setting strict rules along the whole supply chain, regulating the online market and restricting access to certain substances for members of the general public.”The new rules were adopted by 616 to 7, 21 abstentions. The text still needs to be formally approved by the Council before entering into force.The new rules will apply 18 months after their publication. Issued licences will remain valid 12 months after the application of the new rules.

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Deal on tightening the rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Plans to update and tighten rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives, were informally agreed with Council negotiators on Monday.The current rules restrict access to a number of chemicals that could be used to manufacture homemade explosives. Members of the general public can only use these chemicals with special licencing or registration regimes. Furthermore, suspicious transactions involving these explosive precursors have to be reported to the authorities.Despite these restrictions, homemade explosives were used in approximately 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU between 2015 and 2017, demonstrating clear gaps in existing procedures.Parliament and Council negotiators agreed to strengthen the rules by:
adding new chemicals to the list of banned substances. This would include sulphuric acid which is used to produce TATP, the explosive used in the 2015 attacks in Paris, the Brussels attack in 2016 and the Manchester attack in 2017;
tightening the conditions for granting licences to the general public for the purchase and use of explosives precursors and ending the current weak registration systems that allow people to buy restricted substances by simply showing an ID card;
clarifying that online marketplaces are equally covered by the rules on sale and on reporting of suspicious transactions. The restrictions would not apply to professionals who need to use these chemicals in connection to their trade or profession.

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Stricter rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

The current rules restrict access to a number of chemicals that could be used to manufacture homemade explosives. Furthermore, suspicious transactions involving these explosive precursors have to be reported to the authorities. Despite this, homemade explosives were used in approximately 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU in 2015 and 2016, demonstrating clear gaps in existing procedures.The Civil Liberties Committee agreed to strengthen the rules by:
adding new chemicals to the list of banned substances. This would include sulphuric acid which is used to produce TATP, the explosive used in the 2015 attacks in Paris, the Brussels attack in 2016 and the Manchester attack in 2017;
ending the current weak registration systems that allow people to buy restricted substances by simply presenting an ID card;
tightening the conditions for granting licences for the purchase and use of explosives precursors; the security screening would include a criminal record check;
obliging businesses to report suspicious transactions involving explosives precursors to the responsible authorities within 24 hours, and
clarifying that online marketplaces are equally covered by the rules on sale and on reporting of suspicious transactions.
The restrictions would not apply to professionals who need to use these chemicals in connection to their trade, craft or profession.

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Home-made explosives

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 ottobre 2011

Making explosives

Image by Phillie Casablanca via Flickr

Most terrorist attacks in recent years have used explosive devices, many of which were home-made from chemicals, such as fertilizers or swimming pool cleaning agents that are currently widely available to the general public. Some EU Member States have already taken legislative or non-legislative measures to restrict the availability of chemical precursors to explosives. However, due to differing national rules, they may be restricted or controlled in one country, yet freely available in another. The draft EU regulation would ensure the same level of control over access to certain chemicals throughout the EU.
The key aim of the proposed rules is to restrict the access of the general public (i.e. private users), to high-risk chemicals in concentrations that make them easy to use to make home-made explosives. Sales of products containing certain chemicals, which are listed in Annex I of the draft regulation, will be banned if these chemicals exceed a certain concentration. Most consumers will be able to use alternative products which are already widely available. Sales of chemicals in higher concentrations would be permitted only to consumers who can document a legitimate need to use the chemical. These consumers will be able to obtain a licence to continue purchasing those products. Some products, containing chemicals of concern for which concentration thresholds cannot be set (Annex II of the regulation), will continue to be sold without any restrictions to consumers, but their sales will be better controlled, for example through a mechanism for reporting “suspicious transactions”. The proposed rules would oblige wholesalers and retailers to report such transactions to a single national contact point, which should be designated within a law enforcement authority, MEPs add.
This Civil Liberties Committee vote gives Parliament’s rapporteur a mandate to start negotiations with Council. The aim is to reach an agreement before the end of 2011. The regulation would enter into force 18 months after its adoption by Parliament and Council.

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