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One hour for Internet firms to remove terrorist content
Internet companies would be forced to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour of being informed, under new EU rules adopted by an EU Parliament committee on Wednesday.

Eurojust launches new Counter-Terrorism Register
A new Counter-Terrorism Register, launched Thursday by Eurojust, the EU's agency on judicial cooperation, will help EU countries exchange information on terrorist offences in a quick, efficient and uniform manner.

EU makes progress in fight against travel document fraud
The EU Commission took stock of measures to combat identity fraud Tuesday, implemented under a 2016 action plan to improve security of travel documents as part of the fight against terrorism.

Commission action to get terrorist content off the web
EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker set out in his State of the Union address 2018 new proposals to get terrorist content off the web.

Terrorist content removed from web in 1 hour under new EU rules
In his State of the Union address to the EU Parliament Wednesday, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker outlined new rules which would get terrorist content off the web within one hour.

EU anti money-laundering rules enter into force
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
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.

EU adopts amended money laundering, terrorist financing rules
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.

Denying terrorists the means to act
The European Commission is taking additional steps to further curtail the space in which terrorists and criminals operate - denying them the means needed to plan, finance and carry out crimes.

"Highly likely" Russia behind UK attack: EU summit
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
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.

Measures to tackle illegal content online
As a follow-up to a September 2017 Communication on tackling illegal content online, the European Commission recommended on 1 March a set of operational measures - accompanied by the necessary safeguards - to be taken by companies and EU Member States to further step up this work before it determines whether it will be necessary to propose legislation.

EU bolsters defences against terrorism
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.

Anti-terrorism package
The European Commission reports regularly on progress made towards creating an effective and genuine Security Union and is today presenting its 11th Progress Report, setting out a package of operational and practical anti-terrorism measures to be rolled out over the next 16 months.

Tech giants under increased EU pressure over illegal content
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.

Countering 'hybrid' security threats a priority, says EU
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
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
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.

EU green light for tougher controls on firearms
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Action Plan to tackle travel document fraud
The European Commission adopted on December 8 an Action Plan setting out concrete measures to improve the security of travel documents. The Action Plan provides clear recommendations for EU Member States to tackle the phenomenon of travel document fraud and outlines a comprehensive set of actions for the Commission to take. Travel document security is an important factor in the fight against terrorism and organised crime and contributes to improving border protection and migration management, paving a way towards an effective and genuine Security Union.

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