EU: European Parliament studies: counter-terrorism and border management in Italy; the cost of "non-Europe" in counter-terrorism

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European Parliament studies: counter-terrorism and border management in Italy; the cost of "non-Europe" in counter-terrorism
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Two new European Parliament studies examine "Italy's external border management, through the lens of counter-terrorism" and the "cost of non-Europe" in counter-terrorism, which argues that "further EU action in the area is imperative".

Counter-Terrorism and External Border Management in Italy (pdf)

"This in-depth analysis was produced by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Special Committee on Terrorism (TERR) for the purpose of a TERR mission to Rome and Catania from 6 to 8 June 2018. The paper examines Italy’s external border management, through the lens of counter terrorism. Hotspots and Standard Operating Procedures are given specific attention, alongside the Italian and European legislative framework. By exploring the role and interaction of different organisations with national authorities, this paper provides a comprehensive overview of their different mandates and contribution to Italy’s external border management."

The Cost of Non-Europe in the fight against terrorism (pdf)

"This Cost of Non-Europe report identifies a number of gaps and barriers regarding accountability, oversight and the evidence provided to support policy and law-making, including counter-radicalisation programmes, the scope of action related to the disruption of terrorist financing, information sharing between Member States through various EU and national databases, the use of judicial cooperation tools and the capacities of EU agencies. EU action could address these effectiveness and fundamental rights protection gaps by developing an evidence-based EU criminal policy cycle involving the European Parliament and national parliaments. It is also argued that the effectiveness and fundamental rights compliance of counter-radicalisation programmes should be further monitored; the framework for countering terrorist financing needs to be further refined; and that finally, a European law enforcement culture should be fostered.

Further EU action in the area is imperative since, besides the impact on victims and their families, terrorism has a negative effect on the wellbeing of the population as a whole, affecting people's life satisfaction, happiness, health, and trust within communities."

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