The foreign ministers of the 15 EU Member
States, meeting in Brussels on Monday, 8 October, are expected
to pass further counter-terrorism measures. The Belgian
Presidency of the Union plans to issue a political statement
confirming the EU’s determination to play its full role in the
global anti-terrorism campaign.
On Monday, the ministers are expected to adopt a regulation
that will enable EU Member States to immediately freeze
terrorist accounts across Europe and restrict the financing
of terrorism. The proposed regulation contains a
preliminary list of 27 Islamic organisations and
individuals potentially involved in the 11 September
attacks in the US, and could be subsequently expanded.
However, most Member States would prefer
to use Article 301 that allows the EU to interrupt economic
relations with third countries.
The majority of Member States hope that
the United Nations Sanctions Committee will have reached a
conclusion on the freezing of terrorist assets, making the
Commission proposal redundant.
Several Member States, notably Britain,
France and Germany have already frozen terrorist accounts,
following the example of the US.