Published on February 24th, 2017 | by Elpida Tsiaka0
Commission: Statement on combatting terrorism and reinforcing checks at the Schengen external borders
“We strongly welcome today’s endorsement by the European Parliament of two important proposals presented by the Commission to strengthen the security of European citizens – the Directive on combatting terrorism and the proposal to reinforce checks at Schengen’s external borders.
With the new Directive on combatting terrorism, police and prosecutors across the EU will be able to fight and counter terrorism more effectively and ensure a common response to the evolving terrorist threat, fully in line with fundamental rights.
Our legal framework will be reinforced, ensuring that all Member States criminalise terrorism-related offences such as travelling abroad to commit a terrorist offence, returning or travelling within the EU for such activities, training for terrorist purposes as well as the financing of terrorism. This is essential at a time when there is a risk of foreign terrorist fighters deciding to return to Europe from combat zones. With this proposal, the EU is also stepping up its support to victims of terrorism who can now be assured that wherever they are in Europe, they will get the protection, advice and support they need, immediately following an attack and for as long as necessary…”
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