European Parliament: “the EU’s response to terrorism”
January 18, 2016
The European Parliament, which has started discussing new proposals to criminalise travel for terrorist purposes and the financing of terrorism, the banning of certain weapons and restricting the sale of firearms on the black market, has announced a seminar, which will be open to the media, to formulate “the EU’s response to terrorism”.
The seminar will be held on 26-27 January 2016, in Brussels.
“Following the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015 in Paris, a never-used clause of the Lisbon Treaty was invoked for the first time by France thus triggering mutual defence among the 28 Member States”, noted the European Parliament in its report published in December: “Will the CSDP benefit from collateral gains as a result of France’s invocation of the mutual defence clause?”. This report also emphasised the importance of the institutional challenge that this invocation involves and noted that, once the immediate reactions to France’s actions have subsided, a deeper, long-term analysis is likely to reveal rifts in the collective nature and in the complexity of EU solidarity and CSDP tools.
The European Agenda for Security will be highlighted at the seminar, particularly in connection with the proposals for a directive to combat terrorism, a firearms directive, a new data protection directive, and a directive on a high common level of network information security.