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EU bolsters defences against terrorism 18 October 2017, 18:32 CET
A package of anti-terrorism measures announced Wednesday will help address vulnerabilities exposed by recent terrorist attacks and make a real difference in enhancing security, says the EU Commission.

Tech giants under increased EU pressure over illegal content 02 October 2017, 23:07 CET
The Commission presented guidelines and principles Thursday for online platforms to step up efforts to proactively prevent, detect and remove illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online.

Brussels to launch new cyber-security agency 20 September 2017, 17:42 CET
The European Union proposed Tuesday a set of measures to step up its cybersecurity capacity, including a cyber-safety scheme and other tools to ensure Europe is better equipped to deal with cyber-attacks.

Countering 'hybrid' security threats a priority, says EU 19 July 2017, 18:06 CET
The European Union outlined plans Wednesday to counter the growing threat to its security in the form of 'hybrid' threats, such as monitoring and countering illegal online content and propaganda.

EU to clamp down on illegal import of cultural goods to finance terrorism 13 July 2017, 23:47 CET
The EU Commission put forward Thursday new rules to clamp down on the illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods from outside the EU, often linked to terrorist financing and other criminal activity.

Counter-terrorism is EU's highest security priority 20 June 2017, 18:30 CET
Counter-terrorism is the highest security priority for the EU, foreign affairs ministers declared at their Council meeting Monday, as they debated the EU response to the recent attacks in the EU and beyond.

New European crime investigation tool comes into force 22 May 2017, 22:48 CET
A new tool to help European authorities fight crime and terrorism came into force Monday, simplifying the work of judicial authorities when they request evidence located in another EU country.

EU green light for tougher controls on firearms 26 April 2017, 23:09 CET
EU ministers gave the green light Tuesday to a revision of the firearms directive, which provides for more rigorous controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms.

Tougher EU gun law to close security loopholes 15 March 2017, 00:39 CET
An update to the EU's 1991 firearms directive, approved Tuesday by Euro-MPs, include tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons, such as those used in the Paris terror attacks.

EU bolsters defence against new forms of terrorism 08 March 2017, 13:41 CET
The EU bolstered its defence against terrorist attacks Tuesday by criminalising acts such as undertaking training or travelling for terrorist purposes, as well as organising or facilitating such travel.

EU border checks to stop foreign fighters 16 February 2017, 16:38 CET
All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be systematically checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a regulation approved by MEPs Thursday.

Terrorist links sufficient to reject asylum seeker: EU Court 01 February 2017, 13:54 CET
An asylum seeker does not personally need to have committed terrorist acts for an application for asylum to the EU to be refused, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday.

EC toughens measures against terrorist financing 22 December 2016, 00:54 CET
The European Commission adopted a package of measures on Wednesday designed to strengthen the EU's capacity to fight the financing of terrorism and organised crime.

New counter-terrorism law backed by MEPs 05 December 2016, 22:51 CET
Travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, inciting terrorism and financing terrorist activities will be made a crime following a vote in the European Parliament on Monday.

EU suspends sanctions against Colombia's FARC 28 September 2016, 20:20 CET
The European Union suspended sanctions against the FARC guerrilla movement Tuesday, following the Colombian government's signing of a peace agreement with FARC a day earlier.

Da'esh, Al Qaida face EU-wide anti-terror sanctions 20 September 2016, 22:57 CET
The EU will for the first time be able to apply sanctions autonomously to Da'esh and Al-Qaida and their associates and supporters, following a strengthening of its legal arsenal in the fight against terrorism.

EU clamps down on terrorism financing 05 July 2016, 23:45 CET
The European Commission proposed Tuesday to strengthen EU rules on anti-money laundering in a bid to counter terrorist financing and increase transparency about who really owns companies and trusts.

MEPs back external border check for all EU citizens 21 June 2016, 16:20 CET
MEPs in committee have backed an EU plan to systematically check all EU citizens entering or leaving the EU, responding to the rise in terrorist threats such as the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels.

EU bolsters efforts against radicalisation 14 June 2016, 16:53 CET
The European Commission presented a series of measures Tuesday to support EU Member States in their efforts to prevent and fight radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism.

EU, US sign shared law enforcement data deal 05 June 2016, 15:48 CET
The EU signed an 'umbrella' deal on protection of shared data with the United States Thursday, putting in place a comprehensive data protection framework for criminal law enforcement cooperation.

Euro-MPs approve new powers for Europol 12 May 2016, 12:27 CET
New governance rules approved by Euro-MPs on Wednesday will enable the EU police agency Europol to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences, as well as respond faster to threats.

EU looks to strengthen security cooperation after attacks 21 April 2016, 00:00 CET
The European Commission urged EU Member States to improve security cooperation on Wednesday, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.

MEPs back EU directive on use of Passenger Name Records 14 April 2016, 17:31 CET
Airlines will have to hand national authorities passengers' data for all flights from third countries to the EU and vice versa under a directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record data in the EU, approved by the European Parliament.

MEPs set to approve EU-US bank data transfer agreement 03 July 2010, 00:49 CET
Four months ago, European Parliament rejected the EU-USA SWIFT bank data transfer agreement. This week, Euro-MPs should approve a new version of the text, after negotiating certain safeguards with the Council of Ministers and the US Treasury Department.

Airport scanners receive conditional support from EC 16 June 2010, 11:55 CET
The deployment and operation of airport scanners must be based on common standards, says the European Commission in a Communication out today. In a statement of conditional support for the scanners, it makes clear that EU Member States must also ensure compliance with European fundamental rights and health provisions.