February 10, 2015

ALDE launches five point counter-terrorism plan

The Liberal and Democrat Group (ALDE) in the European Parliament today launched their proposals for an EU anti-terrorism strategy ahead of this week’s European Summit on counter-terrorism measures. The ALDE plan consists of five points:

1.    The establishment of a fully-fledged European Intelligence Service called EurIntel;
2.    Strengthening of Europol including a European Counter Terrorism Centre;
3.    Strengthening of Eurojust in parallel with the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office that covers terrorism;
4.    Integrate counter terrorism policy in the European External Action Service;
5.    Better coordination of national prevention strategies.

Cecilia Wikström (Folkpartiet, Sweden) ALDE Coordinator on the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee said:

We must all take our responsibility to clearly stand up for an open, free and multicultural society, against those who want to tear it down by force and set people against each other.”

Commenting after the launch, ALDE Group Leader Guy Verhofstadt said:

“I urge the European government leaders to deliver an ambitious strategy later this week. This is no time for a half-baked approach. In all major terrorist attacks over the past ten years, the perpetrators were known, but we haven’t always worked together as effectively as we could.”
“We believe that the national intelligence services should be obliged to work together with a fully-fledged EU intelligence agency called Eurintel.”

Sophie In’t Veld (D66, the Netherlands), First Vice President of the ALDE Group said:

After the Paris attacks, we need real security, not just symbolic measures. We are open to a new PNR proposal but we stand by our conditions of necessity and proportionality. The ‘Scout’s honour’ of the Commissioner is not enough. ALDE wants an in-depth evaluation of counter terrorism policies to be integral part of the security package that will be presented in April by the European Commission. We need to check if our toolkit is sufficient, if our tools are effective or superfluous.”

Our full plan to tackle terrorism can be downloaded here:

Cecilia Wikström

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