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Fight against terrorism/European cooperation

Published on February 8, 2016
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, February 5, 2016

Europe is facing a terrorist threat of unprecedented proportions, against which increased European and international cooperation and improved coordination between the intelligence and security services are an absolute priority.

Building on, and in addition to, the important cooperation states have already begun and the momentum provided at European Union level in order to combat this threat, a meeting of senior European government figures was held in Paris on 1 February on the initiative of the national intelligence coordinator, under the aegis of Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior.

Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, reported on the existing tools and the proposals put forward by member states to the European Union aimed at stepping up the prevention of terrorism and radicalization.

The delegations shared a similar assessment of the threat and agreed on the need to deepen cooperation between their intelligence and security services. The participants also discussed measures which could help make the European area and its external borders safe and secure, increase air transport security, and prevent and fight propaganda, the financing of terrorism and arms trafficking. They agreed on the importance of meeting again and looking at the conditions for broadening their work to include other EU member countries./.

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