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Against Terrorism: a strong and effective text on the table of the Europeans!

Arnaud Hussenot

Last Tuesday, members of the Special Committee on Terrorism (TERR) voted with a large majority on their report of findings and recommendations aiming to lower the terrorist threat in Europe. The next step is a Plenary vote in December.

In the past 14 months, numerous hearings were organised to consult with national and international stakeholders working in counter-terrorism as well as with specialists in the prevention of radicalisation and in support for victims of terrorism.

French MEP Nathalie Griesbeck and Chair of the Special Committee welcomed the adoption of the report and pointed out: "The response to the terrorist threat must come from Europe, the immense work done in recent months by the Special Committee on Terrorism has demonstrated this. I welcome the adoption of this report, which is the result of many meetings and fruitful exchanges. Last night, we voted for concrete and balanced recommendations that promote more cooperation, better information exchange, intensification of the fight against radicalization and extended rights for the victims."

Belgian MEP and EDP Delegate General Gerard Deprez who was also the ALDE Group Coordinator for the TERR Committee highlighted: "Nearly half of Europeans consider the fight against terrorism to be one of their main concerns, so the adoption of the report of the Special Commission on Terrorism proves that the European Parliament is meeting their expectations” and concluded that : “We therefore call on the Member States to increase police and judicial cooperation, as well as to enhance information exchange between their intelligence services. In order to fight terrorism in the most effective way, the European Union must adopt an ambitious policy and tools, always in full respect of European values and fundamental rights. "

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