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News Alert - 29-06-2017
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Nearly all European countries have been affected by terrorism in one form or another and tackling it has never been easy.

The attacks in Nice, Brussels and Paris demonstrated once again the challenge of finding a rapid and effective response to those who would destroy us, while safeguarding our freedom and way of life. In the unfolding battle against terror, Parliament has an active role to play.

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  1. In LIBE, presentation of the Eurojust 2016 Foreign Terrorist Fighters Report    29/06/2017

Presentation Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust

  1. Tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks of 22 March in Brussels    22/03/2017

Antonio TAJANI, EP President, participates in the inauguration in Schuman Square of the "Monument in memory of victims” of the Brussels terror attacks, which took place a year ago, on Wednesday.

  1. MEPs to assess EU security policy one year on from Brussels terrorist attacks    15/03/2017

Progress on the European security agenda since the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels will be debated on Wednesday. Enhancing information sharing, combatting terrorism financing, preventing radicalisation and guarding the EU’s external land and sea borders better are key priorities.

  1. Debate and vote on combatting terrorism    15/02/2017

New EU counter-terrorism rules to criminalise preparatory acts of terrorism, in particular foreign fighters and lone wolves
Report: Monika Hohlmeier (A8-0228/2016)

  1. Debate and vote on the reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders    15/02/2017

New EU counter-terrorism rules to criminalise preparatory acts of terrorism, in particular foreign fighters and lone wolves
Report: Monica Macovei (A8-0218/2016)

  1. Charter of Digital Fundamental Rights of the European Union    05/12/2016

The Charter of Digital Fundamental Rights of the European Union which was prepared by an inter-disciplinary working group of leading academics, writers, bloggers, journalists and politicians is presented in the LIBE meeting on 5 December in the presence of the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz and Prof. Heinz Bude, Sociologist from the group of authors of the Charter.

  1. Exchange of views with Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, French Minister for the Interior    05/12/2016

The LIBE Committee has an exchange of views with Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, French Minister for the Interior after which a confirmation vote on the outcome of the interinstitutional negotiations on the proposed Combating Terrorism Directive will take place.

  1. Vote on the outcome of the interinstitutional negotiations on the proposed Combating Terrorism Directive    05/12/2016



  1. Citizens’ safety - MEPs to debate progress on security issues and way forward    25/10/2016

MEPs debate progress in implementing security measures agreed at EU level and the challenges ahead on Tuesday afternoon. Improving the interoperability member states’ databases and data exchange, preventing radicalisation and progress in implementing the passenger name record (PNR) rules approved in spring 2016, are likely to be raised in the debate with security union Commissioner Sir Julian King and the representative for the Slovak Presidency of the Council.

  1. Exchange of views with Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter - Terrorism Coordinator    26/09/2016

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator (CTC) Gilles de Kerchove debates the state of play in the fight against terrorism and recent attacks in member states with the Civil Liberties Committee.

  1. Statement by Martin SCHULZ, President of the EP, following the attack in Nice    15/07/2016

Statement by Martin SCHULZ, President of the EP, following the attack in Nice on 14th July 2016

  1. Vote on a new draft law that would make preparing to commit terror attacks a crime throughout the EU    04/07/2016

A new draft law that would make preparing to commit terror attacks a crime throughout the EU is put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. “Preparatory acts” for terrorist purposes would include receiving training within or outside Europe, travelling or facilitating travel or raising funds. (Monday) Press conference by rapporteur Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) at 09.30 on Tuesday.

  1. Vote on draft directive and on a mandate to open up negotiations with Council on combatting terrorism    27/06/2016

A new draft law that would make preparing to commit terror attacks a crime throughout the EU will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. “Preparatory acts” for terrorist purposes would include receiving training within or outside Europe, travelling or facilitating travel or raising funds.



  1. Exchange of views with EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator    24/05/2016

The EP Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Development hosted a meeting with Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, to discuss recent developments of measures and forthcoming events shaping the EU agenda in the figth against terrorism

  1. 2 presentations related to counter terrorism    23/05/2016

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will debate two Europol reports, on the "Terrorism Situation in 2016" and "Changes in modus operandi of Islamic State terrorist attacks", with European Counter-Terrorism Centre Head Manuel Navarrete Paniagua. In a separate debate, they will hear Council's Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) Chair Arie Ijzerman.

  1. Extraordinary LIBE Committee meeting after the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016    25/04/2016

Belgian  Minister of Security and the Interior Jan Jambon and Minister of Justice Koen Geens discuss the March terrorist attacks in Brussels and their aftermath with Civil Liberties Committee Members. 

  1. Foreign Fighters with Michele Coninsx, President of Eurojust    20/04/2016

Debate on Eurojust’s updated Report on the Phenomenon and the Criminal Justice response with Michele Coninsx, President of Eurojust    

  1. Debate on Counterterrorism following the recent terrorist attacks - Council and Commission statement    12/04/2016

Recent terrorist attacks and existing and new measures to fight terrorism are debated on Tuesday at 15:00 with Commission and Council. MEPs are likely to reiterate their urgent call on member states to step up information-sharing and ensure that all existing legislative instruments are fully implemented and operational.

  1. LIBE meeting - Discussion following the extraordinary meeting of EU ministers of Justice and Home Affairs after the terrorist attacks in Brussels    07/04/2016

Terrorist attacks in Brussels. Civil Liberties MEPs hold a discussion following the extraordinary meeting of EU ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of Thursday 24 March after the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

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