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  • Commissioner Byrne calls for defence against bioterrorism

    News | Agrifood 24-10-2001

    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.

  • Concerns over nuclear safety in wake of terrorist attacks

    News | Energy 23-10-2001

    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.

  • Ghent Summit highlights tensions

    News | Security 22-10-2001

    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.

  • Fight against terrorism to dominate EU summit of Ghent

    News | Security 19-10-2001

    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.

  • Foreign ministers discuss future of post-Taliban Afghanistan

    News | Security 18-10-2001

    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.

  • EU ministers take new measures against terrorism

    News | Security 16-10-2001

    European Union ministers of finance and justice
    will discuss new measures to prevent the funding of terrorism
    at an extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg on 16 October. The EU
    is expected to impose heavy financial sanctions against
    financial institutions and countries suspected of laundering
    money and to finalise the European arrest warrant

  • EU countries take measures in the face of anthrax scares

    News | Agrifood 15-10-2001

    The European Commission and EU Member States
    have adopted a number of measures to counter the threat of
    bio-terrorist attacks after Europe and the US have been hit by
    several anthrax scares. US experts believe the anthrax
    discovered in these cases is not the laboratory-made type that
    would be used in a biological terrorist attack.

  • Commission adopts action plan against bio and nuclear terrorism

    News | Agrifood 12-10-2001

    The European Commission has adopted an action
    plan to respond to potential threats of bio and nuclear
    terrorism on Friday, 12 October. The US and European nations
    are stepping up measures to counter bio-terrorism amidst
    intelligence warnings that terrorists may be preparing to use
    biochemical weapons in further attacks.

  • EU prepares for threat of bio-terrorism

    News | Agrifood 11-10-2001

    The European Commission will discuss
    precautionary measures to deal with the threat of biological
    warefare against EU Member States on Thursday, 11 October. The
    US and European nations are stepping up measures to counter
    bio-terrorism amidst intelligence warnings that terrorists may
    be preparing to use biochemical weapons in further

  • EU plans for post-Taliban Afghanistan

    News | Security 09-10-2001

    The EU foreign ministers called on the United
    Nations to set up a new, truly representative transitional
    government in Afghanistan. Britain, France and Germany put
    forward their own proposals for the future of war-torn
    Afghanistan, oppressed by the Taliban regime.

  • EU members discuss common border police

    News | Enlargement 09-10-2001

    Officials from Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Finland are meeting in Brussels on 15 October to discuss the possible creation of common European border police. The initiative to set up common border controls is part of the drive to improve the security of the EU's external border in the perspective of its eastward expansion.

  • Geopolitical issues of the US attack on Afghanistan

    News | Security 09-10-2001

    The US has launched a second round of airstrikes
    against Afghan targets on Monday 8 October. In Europe, some
    political commentators are expressing doubts about the
    effectiveness and the geopolitical opportunity of the American
    "war on terrorism"

  • Attacks on Afghanistan: EU reactions

    News | Security 08-10-2001

    The US has launched retaliatory attacks against
    the Afghan Taliban on Sunday 7 October. Commission President
    Prodi and several EU leaders expressed their support for the
    fight against terrorism, but stated that this "fight is not
    against religions or peoples".

  • EU foreign ministers to adopt further counter-terrorism measures

    News | Security 08-10-2001

    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.

  • MEPs approve the freezing of terrorist assets

    News | Security 05-10-2001

    The European Parliament approved a regulation on
    4 October that will enable EU Member States to freeze terrorist
    accounts across Europe and restrict the financing of terrorism.
    The European Commission proposed a regulation on 2 October that
    EU Member States block all funds held by organisations and
    individuals suspected of supporting and financing terrorist

  • US calls on NATO allies

    News | Security 04-10-2001

    The US made a formal request to NATO on 3 October for the use of a number of NATO assets, including surveillance aircraft, ports, military bases and air space. The request was made by the US ambassador to NATO, Nicholas Burns, the day after NATO had invoked Article 5 of its treaty relating to the mutual defence of its members. The US has also made a number of separate, bilateral requests for military assistance from countries such as France.

  • Putin draws closer to EU and NATO

    News | Security 04-10-2001

    The improvement in EU-Russia relations that has occurred since the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September continued yesterday during President Putin's visit to Brussels. His support for the international campaign against terrorism brought him further dividends as the EU promised to work to speed up Russia's entry to the WTO. Mr Putin also appeared to soften his stance on NATO enlargement to the Baltic States at the same time as agreeing to co-operate more closely with the EU on security issues.

  • NATO invokes Article 5

    News | Security 03-10-2001

    NATO has formally invoked its mutual defence clause after receiving "clear and compelling" evidence from the United States that Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaida terrorist network was behind the 11 September attacks in the US. This is the first time in NATO's history that the alliance reaffirms its founding principle that an attack upon one is an attack upon all.

  • EU freezes terrorist funds

    News | Security 03-10-2001

    The European Commission proposed a regulation on
    2 October that EU Member States freeze all funds held by
    organisations and individuals suspected of supporting and
    financing terrorist activities.

  • Resolute Bush prepares US for long haul

    News | Security 21-09-2001

    US President George Bush has warned Americans not to expect a quick victory in the fight against terrorism. His warning came in a speech to a joint session of Congress on 20 September in Washington DC in which he also gave Afghanistan's Taliban leadership an ultimatum - hand over the leaders of the terrorist group al Qaeda or face the consequences.

  • Commission anti-terrorism plans revealed

    News | Security 19-09-2001

    The European Commission has approved two proposals aimed at boosting the European response to the threat of international terrorism. The proposals include a single definition of terrorism, the crimes that would fall under that definition, what constitutes a terrorist group and a European-wide arrest warrant to replace extradition procedures.

  • Europe supports US global coalition against terrorists

    News 19-09-2001

    Europe fears it may itself become a target of terrorist attacks. According to Belgium's Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, a terrorist network, connected with Osama Bin Laden, has been established across the EU for the past ten years.

  • EU coordinates its response to terrorism

    News 17-09-2001

    European Union leaders will be meeting for an emergency Summit in Brussels on Friday 21 September to discuss a coordinated response to the terrorist attacks on the US. On Thursday 20 September, there will be a special Council of EU ministers of justice and the interior.

  • The drums of war?

    News | Security 17-09-2001

    Over the weekend, the events in the US have concentrated on the American mourning process and the prospects of retaliation against Afghanistan. EURACTIV presents further analysis and comments on this issue.