Council tackles security at large international meetings

Ministers decide to cooperate to guarantee public order and protect property at large international meetings in wake of Gothenburg violence

The cooperation measures will focus on

  • Police cooperation
  • Information exchange
  • Border control measures
  • International judicial cooperation
  • Measures for organising large scale events

 

The Council confirmed that the citizens have the right to freely express their opinion and the right to do so without there being a threat to their own security or that of those keeping public order and protecting property. The host country is responsible for keeping public order during European Council meetings or other large events with EU cooperation diminishing the risk of serious trouble.

 

EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers decided on 13 July on cooperation measures to guarantee public order and protect property at large international meetings to prevent demonstrations being hijacked by a violent minority.

 

Following the violence during the concluding European Council of the Swedish EU presidency in Gothenburg, the Belgian presidency held a special meeting of the directors-general in charge of the political and operational aspects of maintaining order in the 15 countries of the EU on 4 July. This group of experts made a series of recommendations put forward to the Council.

 

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