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Factsheet: A European Agenda on Security - state of play December 2016
Security has been a constant theme since the beginning of this Commission's mandate from EC president Juncker's Guidelines of July 2014 to the latest State of the Union address of September 2016. The European Agenda on Security guides the Commission's work in this area, setting out the main actions to ensure an effective EU response to terrorism and security threats in the European Union. President Juncker also created a specific Commissioner portfolio for the Security Union to ensure an effective implementation of the commitments made.

New counter-terrorism law backed by MEPs
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.

First report on progress towards an effective and sustainable Security Union
The European Commission's first of a series of monthly reports on progress towards an effective and sustainable Security Union outlines EU efforts in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime and the work undertaken to strengthen the EU's resilience against these threats. It also highlights the priority areas where more work is needed and sets out concrete operational measures for the months to come.

EU suspends sanctions against Colombia's FARC
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
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
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
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
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 looks to strengthen security cooperation after attacks
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
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.

Action Plan to strengthen fight against terrorist financing
The European Commission presented on 3 February an Action Plan to strengthen the fight against the financing of terrorism.

New EU strategy on capacity building of partner countries
The European Commission presented on 28 April new proposals to strengthen the link between security and development in the external actions of the European Union. A Joint Communication adopted by the European Commission and High Representative Federica Mogherini outlines options to help partner countries and regional organisations more effectively to develop their capacities to prevent and manage crises.

European Agenda on Security
The European Commission set out on 28 April a European Agenda on Security for the period 2015-2020 to support EU Member States' cooperation in tackling security threats and step up Europe's common efforts in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. The Agenda sets out the concrete tools and measures which will be used in this joint work to ensure security and tackle these three most pressing threats more effectively.

Radicalisation Awareness Network
How to sharpen Europe's tools to prevent violent extremism? A High Level Conference in Brussels on 29 January 2013 aims to give the answers to these questions, based on the work carried out by experts and practitioners in the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), launched by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström in 2011. Policy proposals include training local police to detect signs of radicalisation into violent extremism, and providing de-radicalisation or exit programs for members of extremist groups. By bringing together field workers with ministers, academia and local authorities, the conference aims to take the EU's work against extremism to a new level.

Airport scanners receive conditional support from EC
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.

EU seeks high privacy standards in EU-US data protection agreement
The European Commission has adopted a draft mandate to negotiate a personal data protection agreement between the European Union and the United States when cooperating to fight terrorism or crime. The agreement would give citizens more rights to manage their data.

EU-US data protection agreement negotiations - briefing
The European Commission today adopted a draft mandate to negotiate a personal data protection agreement between the European Union and the United States when cooperating to fight terrorism or crime. The aim is to ensure a high level of protection of personal information like passenger data or financial information that is transferred as part of transatlantic cooperation in criminal matters. The agreement would enhance the right of citizens to access, rectify or delete data, where appropriate.

Terrorism: agreement on bank data transfers with US - briefing
Adoption of a proposal for a mandate for negotiating an agreement on bank data transfers with the United States government under the Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme

New EU-US negotiations on bank data transfers on the cards
The Commission today adopted a draft mandate for negotiating bank data transfers with the United States government under the Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP). The Commission wants to complete an agreement this summer to limit gaps in security.

Security Standards of the EU
The attacks on 11 September showed that there is an unprecedented dimension to the terrorist threat which justifies the need for coherence in all cooperation efforts (banks, police, courts, etc.) and effective action. It has therefore been decided to introduce an EU security policy based on the legal instruments provided by the Treaty in order to give legal force to the rules and mechanisms for cooperation at EU level.

Allowing access to fingerprints on EURODAC - briefing
Police cooperation: allowing access to fingerprints stored in EURODAC by EU Member States' law enforcement authorities and by Europol.

EU proposal for a new policy package on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) security - briefing
The European Commission has today adopted a policy package on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) security. The core of the package is an EU Action Plan on Countering CBRN Threats. The aim of the proposed policy is to strengthen the protection of EU citizens from these threats.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) - guide
ESTA is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk.

The Counterterror Coalitions: Cooperation with Europe, NATO and the European Union
A key question in the counterterror campaign is the extent to which cooperation should be pursued through European states. This study argues that the US should adopt a nuanced strategy, and pursue military and intelligence cooperation on a bilateral basis.

Action Plan on Enhancing the Security of Explosives
These recommendations for the Action Plan on Enhancing the Security of Explosives form the basis are put forward by the EC's Explosives Security Experts Task Force (ESETF).

The SWIFT case and the American Terrorist Finance Tracking Program
After the 11th September 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States Department of the Treasury ("U.S. Treasury") developed the "Terrorist Finance Tracking Program" ("TFTP"). The TFTP is based on United States statutory mandates and Executive Orders authorising the U.S. Treasury to use appropriate measures to identify, track and pursue those who provide financial support for terrorist activity.

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