EU Framework Decision on combating terrorism comes into force (1)

The controversial EU Framework Decision on combating terrorism came into force on 23 June 2002. Under Article 11.1 all EU "Member States shall take the necessary measures to comply with this Framework Decision by 31 December 2002".

The scope of the Framework Decision is ambiguous and could cover protests. This view, taken by civil society groups, is given further weight by a number of other mesasures introduced under the Spanish Presidency of the EU including the creation of a database on the Schengen Information System (SIS) of suspected "troublemakers".

Full-text: Framework Decision on combating terrorism (pdf)

Background coverage


1. European Parliament supports EU definition of terrorism and European arrest warrant (February 2002): Report

2. Council agrees on Framework Decision on terrorism which could still cover protests (December 2001): Report

3.Majority of EU governments want a wide definition of "terrorism", one that could include protests (November 2001): Report

4. Council of European Union maintains wider definition of "terrorism" (November 2001): Report

5. Statewatch analysis of the Framework Decision on combating terrorism (September 2001): Analysis (pdf)

for more background please see Statewatch's Observatory on freedom and democracy


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