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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.
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.
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

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 08-11-2001

US and EU agree on further measures to fight bioterror

The US and the EU agreed on 7 November at a meeting in Ottawa to work more closely to combat the threat of bioterrorism. Reuters reports that, along with Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and the UK, they agreed to improve research co-operation and look into the possibility of jointly acquiring vaccines and antibiotics.
Security 06-11-2001

East European leaders discuss fight against terrorism

Leaders of 16 Eastern European countries meet in Warsaw on 6 November to co-ordinate their counter-terrorism fight. The regional summit is expected to express full support for the US-led anti-terrorism campaign in Afghanistan following the 11 September attacks in New York and Washington.
Security 26-10-2001

US asks EU for co-operation in fight against terrorism

The EU has made public a list of US requests for co-operation in their fight against international terrorism. Washington presented a list of 47 requests for co-operation with the EU, including intelligence sharing and freezing of terrorist assets.
Agrifood 24-10-2001

Commissioner Byrne calls for defence against bioterrorism

Commissioner for health and consumer protection, David Byrne, called for an urgent review of EU defence mechanisms against potential bioterrorism attacks on its food chain. The commissioner told EU ministers of agriculture in Luxembourg on 23 October that he would talk to several ministers of health later this week to discuss relevant defence mechanisms.
Energy 23-10-2001

Concerns over nuclear safety in wake of terrorist attacks

The European Parliament debated in its plenary session on 22 October the issue of safety of nuclear plants and large industrial installation in case of a terrorist attack. Commissioner Vitorino told MEPs that the Commission is planning new safety measures including a ban on flights over nuclear power plants.
Security 22-10-2001

Ghent Summit highlights tensions

The informal European Council in Ghent on 19 October highlighted growing tensions between Member States over US military action in Afghanistan. It also tempered apparent progress on issues such as a European arrest warrant and anti-money laundering measures with the realisation that a number of practical obstacles must still be overcome before these can come into effect.
Security 19-10-2001

Fight against terrorism to dominate EU summit of Ghent

The international campaign against terrorism is likely to dominate the agenda of the informal EU summit of Ghent on Friday, 19 October. The formal agenda includes the launch of the euro, the future of the EU and enlargement. However, the 11 September terrorist attacks in the US made security issues the top priority for Europe.
Security 18-10-2001

Foreign ministers discuss future of post-Taliban Afghanistan

Foreign ministers of the 15 EU Member States expressed concern for the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and discussed the future of the country in the event of the removal of the Taliban regime. At an extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg on 17 October, the ministers adopted a plan for the Union's future dealings with Afghanistan.