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European Parliament’s new terrorism committee holds inaugural meeting

 A new Special Committee of the European Parliament, dedicated to the fight against terrorism, has been convened today in Strasbourg to investigate the difficulties and failures in this field throughout Europe. At the initiative of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, the special committee’s mandate was approved by MEPs last July.

The newly elected chair of the special Committee, Nathalie Griesbeck MEP, commented today:

„The European Union faces an ongoing threat from terrorism and as we have found out to our cost recently, terrorists know no borders, so it is high time we adapted our policies in response.”

„The European Parliament’s special Committee on Terrorism, convened today for the first time, will publicly investigate the nature of the threats and our responses to them, with the aim of proposing concrete and practical recommendations to further protect EU citizens.”

As Chairperson of this newly created committee, I am committed to ensuring we strengthen European action in the fight against terrorism.”

“For many years now, my parliamentary group has demanded an enhanced European intelligence capacity, the compulsory exchange of information, an extension of Europol’s powers so it can carry out its own investigations and the creation of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office competent in serious cross-border crimes including terrorism. Our committee won’t hesitate to make bold recommendations, if we believe they will help to keep Europeans safe!”

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