New anti-terrorism powers passed by European Parliament
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The European Parliament voted on Thursday 15 February to approve the controversial new Directive on combating terrorism, as well as amendments to the Schengen Borders Code that will mean all EU citizens now have to be checked against the Schengen Information System, Interpol's Lost and Stolen Travel Documents database, and "other relevant databases" whenever they enter or exit the Schengen area.
European Parliament press releases
Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves (pdf):
"To counter the growing threats from foreign fighters travelling to conflict zones for terrorist purposes and lone wolves planning solo attacks, new EU-wide rules were approved by Parliament on Thursday.
The new directive on combatting terrorism will update the current EU framework rules on terrorist offences and widen their scope to include emerging threats."
Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders (pdf):
"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 voted on Thursday. The new rules were agreed by Parliaments negotiators and the Council of Ministers on 5 December 2016. "
Recklessly unclear Terrorism Directive creates significant risks for citizens security (EDRi, link):
"On 16 February 2017, the European Parliament voted in favour of the EU Directive on combating terrorism. Weak, unclear, ambiguous wording in the Directive presents dangers for the rule of law, the right to privacy and freedom of opinion and expression of people in the European Union.
'Adopting a Directive that is unclear and wide open to abuse is little short of reckless. The Directive brings few obvious gains for security, but its ambiguity creates major risks for democratic freedoms,' said Maryant Fernández Pérez, Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi).
'We will now have to wait over four years for the European Commission to assess whether the Directive and its implementation by Member States violate our fundamental rights and freedoms. This is unacceptable,' she added."
Background information and documentation
Directive on combating terrorism (Statewatch European Monitoring and Documentation Centre)
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