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Posts Tagged ‘fight’

What would America fight for?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 dicembre 2021

America is tiring of its role as guarantor of the liberal order. Its resolve is faltering and its enemies are testing it. President Vladimir Putin is massing troops on the border with Ukraine and could soon invade. China is buzzing Taiwan’s airspace with fighter jets, using mock-ups of American aircraft-carriers for target practice and trying out hypersonic weapons. Iran has taken such a maximalist stance at nuclear talks that many observers expect them to collapse. Meanwhile, a coalition of hawks and doves in Washington is calling for “restraint”. The doves say that by attempting to police the world, America inevitably gets sucked into needless conflicts abroad that it cannot win. The hawks say that America must not be distracted from the only task that counts: standing up to China. And the relentless manufactured drama of partisan politics, over such things as disputed elections and mask-wearing, makes America seem too divided at home to show sustained purpose abroad. If the liberal order is to be preserved, argues our cover story this week, other powers will have to take on more of the burden⁠—both to prepare for a world in which they have less help, and to keep America engaged. Few tasks are more important, or harder. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist.

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European Public Prosecutor’s office should fight terrorism, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 marzo 2019

The Civil Liberties Committee calls on the Council to enable the European Public Prosecutor’s office to investigate and prosecute cross-border terrorism and organised crime.The European Public Prosecutor’s office (EPPO) could improve the EU’s capacity to tackle serious crime having a cross-border dimension like terrorism, say MEPs. They thus call on the Council to expand the powers of the EPPO to include the fight against organised crime and terrorism if unanimity exists among the Member States.The tasks of the EPPO, expected to be operational at the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021, currently include investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice crimes against the EU budget; such as fraud, corruption or cross-border VAT fraud above 10 million euros.
The resolution answers to a communication from the Commission from September 2018.Civil Liberties Committee Chair and rapporteur Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) said: “Today our Committee has taken an important measure in the fight against organised crime and terrorism, by setting out that, once established and fully operational, the tasks of the European Public Prosecutor’s office can be extended to cover terrorism. This can build on the added value of the organisation, supporting coordinated investigations and better information sharing.”

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EU supports the fight against illegal fishing in Western Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 giugno 2018

The five-year EU funded PESCAO project, which includes a component aiming to improve the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities in Western Africa, has kicked off today.The PESCAO project, funded under the European Development Fund (EDF), aims over the coming five years to improve regional fisheries governance in Western Africa. This will include developing a regional fishing policy, putting in place regional coordination against IUU fishing and improving fish stock management at regional level. The EUR 15 million project is one of the many significant commitments to ocean conservation made by the European Union at the 2017 Our Ocean Conference hosted by the EU in Malta. “The European Fisheries Control Agency is eager to extend its existing cooperation with fisheries control authorities in the European Union Waters to its two African partners in this project. The Agency considers the PESCAO project of cooperation as a game changer aiming at improving sustainability of fisheries resources through improved monitoring, control and surveillance at national and regional levels,” said Pascal Savouret, Executive Director.

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Special committee to tackle deficiencies in the fight against terrorism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 luglio 2017

terrorismoMEPs approved setting up a 12-month special committee to address the practical and legislative deficiencies in the fight against terrorism across the EU.The special committee will examine and evaluate the extent of the terrorist threat on European soil and look into any potential faults and malfunctions which might have allowed recent terrorist attacks in member states to occur. The committee is in particular charged with looking into:the implementation of existing measures in the field of external border management deficiencies in sharing judicial, law enforcement and intelligence information among member states the interoperability of European information-sharing databases
the impact of EU anti-terror laws on fundamental rights radicalisation and the effectiveness of de-radicalisation programmes money laundering and terrorism financing, including its links to organised crime best practice with regard to the protection of soft targets and critical infrastructure, such as airports and train stations.
30 MEPs will sit on the special committee and its mandate will run for 12 months, which can be prolonged, starting from the date of its constitutive meeting. The committee is to deliver a mid-term and a final report containing factual findings and recommendations.
The committee will make visits and hold hearings with other EU institutions, the relevant agencies, national parliaments and governments of member states and non-EU countries, law enforcement agencies, intelligence services, judges and magistrates as well as victims’ organisations. Due to the sensitive nature of the information being handled, it is expected that some meetings might be held behind closed doorsThe mandate was adopted by 527 votes to 73, with 36 abstentions.

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Fight against terrorism and serious crime

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 aprile 2016

StrasbourgStrasbourg On Wednesday 13 APRIL 2016 14.00 Press room of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. MEPs are set to vote on Thursday 14 April on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in the fight against terrorism and serious crime.
Negotiators from Parliament and Council reached last December a provisional deal on the legislation, which was endorsed by the Civil Liberties committee on 10 December. The Parliament´s rapporteur was Mr Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK)Under the new rules, airlines will have to hand EU countries their passengers´ data to help combatting terrorism and other forms of serious crime. The data will be kept for 5 years, but after the first six months they will be “masked out”, i.e., all personal identifying information will be rendered invisible.

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Fight against terrorism: EU and all Member States must use all available means to deliver, Parliament says

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 marzo 2016

european parliamentThe European Parliament is determined to continue its work on a range of counter-terrorism measures to ensure the safety of EU citizens. Council and Parliament have already worked out agreements on issues such as EUROPOL, cyber security and data transfers for law enforcement purposes. There is a strong political will in the European Parliament to adopt as soon as possible the package agreed with the Council last December, which comprises the EU passenger name record (PNR) system and the Data Protection Regulation and Directive. Parliament therefore urged the Council to accelerate its adoption of the data protection reform to enable the Parliament to adopt the entire package already end of April.Parliament urges member states to step up information-sharing and ensure that all existing legislative instruments are fully implemented and operational.Attending today’s extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs meeting to convey Parliament’s support and sympathy with the Belgian people, Vice-President of the European Parliament Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR) said:”Europe will not bow to terrorism. Our unity and determination to uphold our values and rights are only made stronger.European citizens rightly expect concrete action from their governments and the EU to counter terrorism. This must cover every aspect of the threat, from prevention to protection and prosecution, as repeatedly stressed by Parliament. There is no single solution to stop the terrorist threat.There is a strong political will in the European Parliament to adopt as soon as possible the package agreed with the Council last December, which comprises the EU passenger name record (PNR) system and the Data Protection Regulation and Directive. We are just as impatient as the Council to see the laws put onto the statute book. We have repeatedly stressed that the bulk collection of passenger data which the PNR foresees needs to go hand-in-hand with proper data protection standards.Parliament therefore urges the Council to accelerate the timetable for the adoption of the Data Protection reform to enable the Parliament to adopt the package already end of April.It should also be recalled that Parliament shortened the time member states have to implement the new rules from 3 years to 2 years, and that nothing prevents member states from starting to implement the new rules immediately so as to ensure the shortest possible delay before the system is operational. Several have already received funding for it from the Commission.Parliament is also working intensively on a number of security-related files to step up the fight against terrorism, including additional budgets and powers to EUROPOL, Cyber Security, enhancing checks at the external borders, reviewing legislation on firearms, exchanging criminal records and criminalising the preparation of terrorist acts.Parliament urges member states to step up information-sharing and ensure that all existing legislative instruments are fully implemented and operational. Are all Member States using the Schengen Information System systematically? Is the exchange of information between national police forces, the so-called “Prüm” Convention, fully implemented? A clear demonstration of political will and regular monitoring of progress is needed here”, Guillaume concluded.

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Tougher rules on money laundering to fight tax evasion and terrorist financing

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 Maggio 2015

european parliamentThe ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a “legitimate interest”, such as investigative journalists, under new rules already agreed with the Council and endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to step up the fight against tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved.The fourth anti-money laundering directive (AMLD) will for the first time oblige EU member states to keep central registers of information on the ultimate “beneficial” owners of corporate and other legal entities, as well as trusts. These central registers were not envisaged in the European Commission’s initial proposal, but were included by MEPs in negotiations.The text also sets out specific reporting obligations for banks, auditors, lawyers, real estate agents and casinos, among others, on suspicious transactions made by their clients.The central registers will be accessible to the authorities and their financial intelligence units (without any restriction), to “obliged entities” (such as banks doing their “customer due diligence” duties), and also to the public (although public access may be subject to online registration of the person requesting it and to a fee to cover administrative costs).
To access a register, a person or organisation (e.g. investigative journalists or NGOs) will in any event have to demonstrate a “legitimate interest” in suspected money laundering, terrorist financing and in “predicate” offences that may help to finance them, such as corruption, tax crimes and fraud.These persons could access information such as the beneficial owner’s name, month and year of birth, nationality, country of residence and details of ownership. Any exemption to the access provided by member states will be possible only “on a case-by-case basis, in exceptional circumstances”.Central register information on trusts will be accessible only to the authorities and “obliged entities”.
The text clarifies the rules on “politically-exposed” persons”, i.e. people at a higher than usual risk of corruption due to the political positions they hold, such as heads of state, members of government, supreme court judges, and members of parliament, as well as their family members.Where there are high-risk business relationships with such persons, additional measures should be put in place, e.g. to establish the source of wealth and source of funds involved, says the directive.
MEPs also approved a “transfers of funds” regulation, which aims to improve the traceability of payers and payees and their assets.
Member states will have two years to transpose the anti-money laundering directive into their national laws. The transfers of funds regulation will be directly applicable in all member states 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal.

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Fight against piracy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 aprile 2010

The five ships of NATO’s Task Force conducting counter piracy operations have been at the centre of the fight against piracy in the waters off Somalia in recent days.  Operating deep in the Indian Ocean, the Greek warship HS LIMNOS saw action against 3 pirate groups in as many days.  Working closely with Swedish and Luxemburg maritime patrol aircraft operating from the Seychelles, the frigate destroyed 6 pirate attack boats together with all of their weapons and other piracy equipment between 7 and 9 April.  As a result 30 pirates can no longer attack innocent merchant vessels.  In the Gulf of Aden, on 3 April the Turkish frigate TCG GELIBOLU rushed to the assistance of the Danish flagged chemical carrier MV TORM RAGNHILD that was being attacked by 6 pirates with AK 47 rifles and rocket propelled grenades.  On arrival of the warship the pirates quickly re-embarked on their ‘mother-ship’; the hijacked dhow MSF SAFINA AL GAYATRI.  Subsequent actions by TCG GELIBOLU forced the pirates to release the 21 Indian crew unharmed together with the cargo of livestock in the early hours of 4 April, 10 miles to the North East of Boosaaso, the regional capital of Puntland, Somalia. Most recently the NATO Task Force flagship, HMS CHATHAM, has been involved in a 5 day operation to release the Indian dhow VISHVAKAYLAN after intercepting the dhow 100 miles to the North East of Socotra on 6 April. The hijacked dhow, with 8 pirates onboard had been involved in an attempt to capture the merchant vessel MV HAMBURG BRIDGE on 5 April.  The fifth ship of the Task Force, the Italian frigate ITS SCIROCCO, made a brief refuelling stop in the Seychelles following a successful operation on 16 March to release the hijacked Iranian dhow SAAD 1 which had been acting as a mother ship. In addition, Scirocco rescued 3 stranded men who had been adrift at sea without food, water or fuel for 4 days some 250 miles from land.  The warship has now resumed her patrol deep in the Indian Ocean ready to intercept pirate groups making their way out to the shipping lanes.
The NATO Task Force 508 conducting Operation Ocean Shield is one of three coalition task forces operating in the fight against piracy. TF 508 consists presently of five ships:HMS CHATHAM (Flagship – Royal Navy) USS COLE (US Navy) TCG GELIBOLU (Turkish Navy) HS LIMNOS (Greek Navy)   ITS SCIROCCO (Italian Navy)

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Maritime shipping in fight against piracy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 febbraio 2010

London: NATO maritime commanders today reiterated the importance of the maritime community adopting the recommended self protection measures to help in the fight against piracy when they sail through the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.  The call comes after two motor vessels came under attack by pirates this week in the Gulf of Aden, with two very different outcomes – one who adopted the self protection measures was able to successfully repel the attack, whilst the other  who did not was pirated, and is now being taken to a pirates’ lair off the Somali coast. (water cannons)

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