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EU anti money-laundering rules enter into force 11 July 2018, 00:12 CET
New EU rules against money laundering, which entered into force Monday, introduce stricter transparency requirements on the real owners of companies and strengthen the fight against terrorist financing.

New travel authorisation system to screen travellers before entering EU 06 July 2018, 11:45 CET
The EU Parliament gave its green light Thursday to a new travel information and authorisation system intended to screen criminals and terrorists before they arrive in the EU. It should be operational in 2021.

Parliament, Council reach deal on EU-wide penalties for money laundering 07 June 2018, 22:55 CET
The European Parliament and the EU Member States reached provisional agreement Thursday on strengthened criminal law measures to counter money laundering.

EU adopts amended money laundering, terrorist financing rules 16 May 2018, 00:24 CET
The EU Council adopted Monday a directive strengthening EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing - part of an action plan launched after a spate of terrorist attacks in Europe in 2016.

Brussels wants fingerprints added to ID cards 18 April 2018, 20:36 CET
The EU Commission put forward a package of security measures Tuesday, including more secure ID cards, stricter rules on explosives and firearms, and better data sharing to help fight crime and terrorism.

6 hours for tech firms to hand over key evidence under EU security proposal 18 April 2018, 00:01 CET
Police and judicial authorities would gain easier and faster access to e-evidence such as e-mails or documents under new EU proposals to help them investigate, prosecute and convict criminals and terrorists.

"Highly likely" Russia behind UK attack: EU summit 23 March 2018, 11:53 CET
At a summit in Brussels, EU leaders condemned Russia Thursday for the recent nerve agent attack in Britain, agreeing to coordinate their response "in the light of the answers provided by the Russian authorities".

EU gives tech giants one hour deadline to remove terrorist content 04 March 2018, 12:38 CET
Tech giants Facebook and Google will be given one hour to remove terrorist content from their social media platforms under tighter rules on illegal content online, released Thursday by the EU Commission.

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.