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Fight against Terrorism: a new starting point for the European Union

Arnaud Hussenot

On Tuesday 11 December, Strasbourg was hit by a terrible terrorist attack. The European Democratic Party wishes to express its support for the victims, their families and loved ones.

This terrible event shows how necessary it is to strengthen security in Europe. It is therefore in this serious and difficult context that the European Parliament adopted by a large majority its recommendations to strengthen the fight against terrorism and further consolidate European added value in this area. For 14 months, the Special Committee on Terrorism, chaired by Nathalie Griesbeck, worked on this report.

The French MEP also commented on this subject: "Today's vote is certainly the conclusion of our committee's work, but it is above all a new starting point for the European Union in the fight against terrorism. Yesterday's attacks unfortunately show it again: the zero threat does not exist and will not exist for a long time. However, the terrorist threat goes beyond our material and immaterial borders, it is a European one! The answers to these questions must also be answered. Our rich and concrete recommendations call on our Union and its members to further strengthen cooperation, to provide effective and balanced common responses."

German MEP Ulrike Müller pointed out that : "Now is the time to automate the exchange processes and better coordinate and network our databases" and concluded that: "We must not allow young people in Europe to be radicalised. Inciting an act of terrorism or a hate crime is a criminal offence. It is therefore necessary to make better use of the existing legal framework and to target all legal measures against those who spread hatred and extremism".

 

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