About: EU counter-terrorism strategy

EU sets out plan to expand Europol’s counter-terror mandate

The European Commission proposed to expand the mandate of the European police agency Europol and reinforce external border controls as part of the bloc's broader counter-terrorism strategy, presented on Wednesday (9 December).

British spymaster pleads for EU intelligence cooperation

Britain and the European Union must build a close security partnership after Brexit to foil Islamic State militant attacks and counter Russia's malign attempts to subvert Western democracies, the head of Britain's domestic spy agency said.
Brexit 25-08-2017

British MEP ‘very worried’ about post-Brexit security efforts

The chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament said he is “concerned” about Brexit’s effects on the fight against terrorism in the UK and the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Politics 15-06-2017

Pressured in Europe, Facebook details removal of terrorism content

Facebook on Thursday (15 June) offered additional insight on its efforts to remove terrorism content, a response to political pressure in Europe to militant groups using the social network for propaganda and recruiting.
Politics 19-04-2017

France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections

Two men arrested in Marseille on Tuesday (18 April) planned an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday (23 April), authorities said.
Freedom of thought 12-04-2017

Figel reappointed as EU Special Envoy on religious freedom

The EU’s first ever Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU has been reappointed to another 12-month term.
Brexit 31-03-2017

Security is risky card for Britain in Brexit talks, analysts say

From sharing intelligence after terror attacks to pursuing cross-border criminals, security is a potential bargaining chip for Britain in the Brexit negotiations – but one that must be played carefully, analysts say.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Brussels prepares EU-wide scheme for visa-free travel authorisation

The European Commission is preparing a proposal inspired by France and Germany to introduce a “European ESTA” modelled on a US scheme that requires international travellers who do not need a visa to apply online – and pay a 14 dollar fee – before entering the territory, EURACTIV.com can confirm.
Digital & Media 24-08-2016

EU backs Franco-German bid for access to encrypted messages

France and Germany want to compel operators of mobile messaging services to provide access to encrypted content to terrorism investigations, after a series of deadly attacks in both countries.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Czechs call on EU to act over Balkan terrorism threat

At least 3,000 EU citizens have left for conflict zones in Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Some received training in Balkan countries, according to a Europol report which has raised alarm in the Czech Republic. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Security 22-06-2016

Man with salt and biscuit ‘suicide belt’ sparks Brussels alert

A man with psychiatric problems who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and biscuits was arrested Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said.
Europol's new HQ

New European police centre launches to ‘help anti-terror coordination’

EU ministers open talks Monday (25 January) in Amsterdam on ways to save the Schengen passport-free zone from collapse, and tackle the jihadist scourge, as a new counter-terrorism centre in The Hague is launched.
A woman carries a placard with the likeness of Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as thousands of Hungarians protest against perceived corruption at the country's tax authority and lack of wider democratic freedoms, in Budapest, 9 November 2014 [Reuter

Hungary anti-terror spy law breaches privacy: European rights court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday (12 January) rapped Hungary over its anti-terror surveillance legislation, saying a 2011 law could be used against "virtually anyone", trampling Hungarians' right to privacy.

Ministers call for boosting intel sharing to thwart ‘Terrorism 2.0’

Ministers demanded greater intelligence sharing to stop extremist groups slipping across borders to carry out attacks, urging concrete commitments at talks Monday to stem dangerous intel lapses.

EU leaders silent on growing risk of an ISIS chemical attack

Plans to address the risk of a terrorist attack with non-conventional weapons are not part of the EU summit on 17-18 December, despite the growing risk of a such an attack by ISIS on European soil, according to analysts and EU institutions.
Arms smuggling

EU’s new ‘Directive on Terrorism’ aims to criminalise preparatory acts

The European Commission adopted on Wednesday (2 December) a package of measures to combat terrorism and arms trafficking, including criminalising travel "for terrorist purposes".
Dimitris Avramopoulos

EU, online firms to launch anti-extremism forum

The European Union announced on Monday (19 October) it will launch in December a forum bringing together Internet firms and law enforcement agencies to combat online extremism.
Transport 25-08-2015

EU to review rail security after foiled Thalys attack

The European Union will review railway security on high-speed international lines after last week's foiled attack in France. But officials warned on Monday (24 August) against overreaction.

Merkel pledges protection for Jews in Germany

In the wake of the terror attacks in Copenhagen, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on European Jews to emigrate to Israel, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged protection for Jews in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.
François Hollande

French calls to rewrite Schengen code fall on deaf ears

European Union leaders called on Thursday for “systematic” checks on travellers entering the passport-free Schengen area but fell short of heeding to French and Spanish demands for rewriting the Schengen border code.
Passengers

Parliament resists pressure on passenger data ahead of EU summit

Green and Liberal MEPs are resisting the proposal for a pan-European Passenger Name Records (PNR) database in the face of mounting political pressure before a summit this week in which heads of state will press them to adopt the measure urgently.

Germany set to pass ‘one of the harshest’ anti-terror laws in Europe

The Merkel government approved a new law meant to mitigate radical Islamist attacks, by making it a criminal offence to travel abroad to receive military training. Civil rights advocates are furious. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU aims to enlist online firms in fight against militants

The European Union needs to bring Internet companies fully on board in its fight against home-grown militant Islamists, the bloc's interior ministers said on Thursday (29 January).

EU considers foreign ‘security agents’ to counter terrorism

European Union foreign ministers on Monday discussed setting up a new network of European security agents abroad, as they sought a united response to the threat from militant Islamists following the attacks in Paris on 7 January.