EU statement on recent terrorist attacks: Counter-Terrorism Coordinator's input


The EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator (CTC) provided detailed submissions to the Council for last Friday's "statement on the recent terrorist attacks in Europe". The CTC's recommendations are wide-ranging and not all of them made it into the final statement. However, many of them seem likely to be included in the forthcoming Council Conclusions on 'Internal Security and European Police Partnership'.

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NOTE from: Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to: Permanent Representatives Committee: Input by the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to the discussion of the EU response to the recent terrorist attacks at the informal videoconference of the Ministers of Home Affairs on 13 November 2020 (12630/1/20 REV 1, LIMITE, 10 November 2020, pdf)

See also: the initial version of the document (12630/20, pdf).

The full statement adopted by the justice and interior ministers is here, and a draft version of the statement and the forthcoming Council Conclusions on Internal Security are here.

The CTC paper covers the following issues:

  1. Internet

(1) Finalize legislation

(2) Dialogue with the internet companies

(3) Digital Services Act (DSA)

(4) Access to data

  1. Increasing security in the Schengen space

(5) Gefährder

(6) Entering third country information into the SIS

(7) Systematic check of the Schengen Information System (SIS) at EU external borders

(8) Strengthen biometric checks of the SIS

(9) More intense border and security checks of arriving migrants

(10) Return of persons posing a terrorist threat

(11) Europol / ECTC: budget and revision of mandate

(12) EU innovation hub for internal security

(13) Strengthen support for protection of public spaces and the security of places of worship in the EU

(14) Victims of terrorism

(15) Prison leavers

  1. Islamist extremist ideology

(16) Accelerate consultations with Saudi Arabia on Islamist extremist materials and financing

(17) Financing of Islamist extremism

(18) Imam training/connecting scholars across the EU

(19) Prioritize Islamist extremist ideology in the EU work plan on prevention of radicalization

(20) Islamist extremist materials online

(21) Counter-narratives

(22) Education

(23) Creating opportunities

  1. External activities

(24) Western Balkans

(25) Engage partner countries on fundamental freedoms, the EU and Islam

(26) Spread of Islamist extremist ideology in the Sahel region

(27) Camps/prisons in North East Syria

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