At the European Council, EU leaders set the direction for future work on terrorism. They agreed to reinforce practical co-operation and integrate terrorism in the relationship between the EU and third countries.
The fight against terrorism is the first item on the agenda of the EU summit. EU leaders are set to agree a raft of measures to improve their co-ordination in the fight against terrorism and increase security in the EU.
EU's foreign affairs ministers want stronger emphasis to be put on international co–operation in the fight against terrorism. Germany is struggling to meet a 30 June deadline for implementing anti-terrorism measures.
Terrorism will top the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council but the Lisbon strategy and the development of a strategic partnership between the EU and the Mediterranean and Middle East countries will also be dealt with.
Interior and foreign affairs ministers are to
discuss new counter-terrorism measures and review old promises
in order to pave the way for the adoption of a beefed-up EU
action plan by the European Council.