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Security 13-09-2002

Convergence of EU and US public opinion after 11 September 2001

Most Americans and Europeans believe that terrorism is the most critical threat to their countries, according to a Worldviews 2002 survey. The survey also shows that large majorities of Europeans and Americans support the use of military force to combat terrorism.
Security 11-09-2002

Europe commemorates the first anniversary of 11 September

European countries are on high alert against possible terrorist attacks as they remember the first anniversary of 11 September terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Security 19-06-2002

Seville Summit: Future EU army will fight terrorism

The EU is expected to adopt a declaration at the Seville Summit, opening the way for the participation of the future European army in fighting terrorism.
Security 03-05-2002

EU puts Kurdish rebels on terrorist list

The EU has added the Kurdish separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on its list of terrorist organisations. The Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress, or Kadek, that replaced the PKK earlier this month, is not on the EU list of terrorist groups, according to EU diplomats.
Security 15-02-2002

Six Member States plan early implementation of EU-wide arrest warrant

Belgium, Britain, France, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain are expected to implement the necessary legislation to introduce the EU arrest warrant by early 2003, a year earlier than planned. The agreement was reached during the informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers held in Santiago de Compostela on 14 February.
Security 08-02-2002

Growing rift between EU and US over terrorism

The French Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine has become the latest European politician to voice concerns over the direction of US foreign policy. Mr Védrine has accused Washington of unilateralism and "simplistic" foreign policy "that reduces all the problems of the world to the war against terrorism".
Security 07-02-2002

MEPs back EU arrest warrant and definition of terrorism

The European Parliament has backed two Council decisions on the European arrest warrant and a common definition of terrorism. The EU arrest warrant should come into force on 1 January 2004, following its approval by the national parliaments, and the legislation relating to the definition of terrorism should be operational as from 1 January 2003.
Security 18-12-2001

MEPs postpone vote on European arrest warrant

The European Parliament has decided to postpone the vote on the European arrest warrant until the beginning of 2002. Instead of being adopted directly in a plenary, the arrest warrant will now go to the Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs Committee where a report will be prepared.
Security 12-12-2001

Italy accepts EU arrest warrant

The Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has stepped out of isolation by endorsing the EU agreement on the European arrest warrant. Mr Berlusconi agreed with the Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, the current EU President, that Italy would accept the deal on fast extradition procedures such as defined by the 15 interior ministers on 6 December.
Global Europe 11-12-2001

EU names envoy to Afghanistan

Foreign ministers from the 15 EU Member States named a German diplomat, Klaus-Peter Klaiber, as their special envoy to Afghanistan, on 10 December.
Security 10-12-2001

Italy isolated in EU arrest warrant discussion

Italy has isolated itself by blocking the European arrest warrant, expected to be adopted at the EU summit on 14-15 December at Laeken. France's Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine said the other 14 Member States may adopt the arrest warrant without Italy.
Security 07-12-2001

Italy blocks EU arrest warrant plans

Italy blocked EU plans for a European arrest warrant at a meeting of interior and justice ministers on 6 December. Italy disagrees with a set of over 30 measures that would strengthen the Union's ability to fight terrorism and organised crime.
Global Europe 06-12-2001

EU welcomes deal on interim Afghan administration

Representatives of four Afghan rival factions signed an agreement on 5 December, creating an interim government to replace the Taliban regime. The interim administration will be headed by a Pashtun leader, Hamid Karzai, and will take power in Kabul on 22 December for a period of six months.
Global Europe 27-11-2001

Bonn conference prepares ground for new start in Afghanistan

Representatives of four rival factions from Afghanistan are meeting at a United Nations-backed conference in Bonn in order to prepare ground for a peaceful future of their country.
Global Europe 26-11-2001

EU to host Afghanistan donors conference

The European Union will host an international donors conference for Afghanistan on 17-18 December in Brussels, a spokesperson of the European Commission has announced.
Global Europe 20-11-2001

Afghanistan conference to take place in Bonn

Bonn has been chosen as the location for the first United Nations-sponsored meeting of Afghanistan's ethnic groups next Tuesday, 27 November. The European Union is expected to appoint a special representative to Afghanistan to co-ordinate the EU's efforts in the rebuilding of the country. German diplomat Klaus Klaiber, former deputy secretary general of NATO, is expected to take this post.
Security 19-11-2001

EU adopts European arrest warrant

The EU interior and justice ministers reached an agreement on a Europe-wide arrest warrant that will replace lengthy extradition procedures in cases of terrorism and serious crime.
Security 16-11-2001

Schröder wins confidence vote

The German government of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder won a confidence vote in the Bundestag on Friday, 16 November. The German Chancellor provoked the vote himself when several Green and some SPD parlamentarians threatened to oppose the government's decision to deploy troops in support of the US-led war in Afghanistan.
Security 16-11-2001

EU ministers discuss European arrest warrant

The EU interior and justice ministers are meeting in Brussels on 16 November to finalise the European arrest warrant and other Europe-wide measures against terrorism.
Agrifood 16-11-2001

EU discusses plan to counter bioterrorism

The Commission and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry have discussed plans this week for an EU-wide strategy to ensure production, supply and availability of medicinal products for preventing or treating the effects of a biological attack. The Commission and industry representatives explored mechanisms that could be set up to counter possible attacks by biological agents such as Anthrax or Smallpox.
Global Europe 14-11-2001

EU fears exclusion from peace talks on Afghanistan

The United Nations has called for a two-year transitional government for Afghanistan backed by a multinational security force after the Taliban forces fled the Afghan capital Kabul. While world leaders said the UN should have a leading role in the pacification of Afghanistan, EU diplomats expressed fears that Europe will be left out of the peace talks.
Enlargement 13-11-2001

Prodi calls for common EU border security body

President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, called for the creation of a European border security body on Monday. In a key speech to the post-graduate College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), Mr Prodi has criticised the Member States for delaying the economic reforms, necessary to complete the EU's internal market.
Security 09-11-2001

Schuessel leads “small country” criticism of Blair diplomacy

Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel continued the chorus of criticism of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's apparent attempts to exclude the EU's smaller members from decision-making in the fight against terrorism.
Security 08-11-2001

German government to face crisis over troop deployment?

German cabinet approval on 7 November of the deployment of troops in support of the US-led war in Afghanistan threatens to cause a crisis in the Social Democrat-Green coalition. Getting cabinet approval for the deployment was a significant personal success for German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, but the decision must be approved in the Parliament (Bundestag). A number of Social Democrat and Green representatives have said they will vote against the deployment of German troops.