Anti-terrorism plans top European parliament's mini-plenary agenda

MEPs set to debate anti-terror measures in wake of Paris terrorist attacks.

By Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is Managing Editor of The Parliament Magazine

26 Jan 2015

The European parliament's civil liberties, justice and home affairs committees will this week hold a discussion on the de-radicalisation of EU citizens serving abroad as 'foreign fighters'.

The joint debate with EU migration, home affairs and citizenship commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and EU counter-terrorism czar Gilles de Kerchove will also hear expert testimony from the heads of the EU's fundamental rights agency and data protection watchdogs.

"The joint debate with EU migration, home affairs and citizenship commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and EU counter-terrorism czar Gilles de Kerchove will also hear expert testimony from the heads of the EU's fundamental rights agency and data protection watchdogs"

The planned two hour exchange on Tuesday morning (27th January), entitled "counter-terrorism, radicalisation and foreign fighters" will also hear from Omar Ramadan from the radicalisation awareness network who will outline to MEPs the lessons learned from a number of initiatives aimed at addressing, preventing and countering radicalisation.

The discussions form part of a planned counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation 'roadmap' drawn up by parliament's civil liberties chair Claude Moraes in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in France.

That roadmap, which has already seen several Latvian ministers and European commissioners address the LIBE committee earlier this month, aims to move swiftly on developing an EU response to tackling violent extremism.

The commission will also outline proposed new anti-terrorism measures to MEPs during Wednesday's mini-plenary session in Brussels.

Moraes, who will also be traveling to Riga next week to attend the informal justice and home affairs council, has warned that the Europe's anti-terror response should not compromise the EU's values and identity.

"Moraes, who will also be traveling to Riga, next week to attend the informal justice and home affairs council, has warned that the Europe's anti-terror response should not compromise the EU's values and identity"

Speaking to this website following the Charlie Hebedo attack, the British socialist deputy said that the events in Paris had, "brought back painful memories" of the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005, but was keen to stress that the killings had, "renewed my determination and that of my MEP colleagues to play a part in detecting, preventing and providing resilience against terrorism."

"When we look at possible new powers we will do so in a measured way, ensuring that we never give into terrorism by compromising our hard fought freedoms," added Moraes.

MEPs will also on Tuesday be taking the final committee votes on legislation aimed at countering money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing.

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