European Commission presents new measures to better protect EU countries from terrorism

Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 08:26

The European Commission has presenting a set of operational and practical measures to defend the EU against terrorist threats. The announcement was made alongside the publication of the Commission’s 11th Security Union Report.

The new measures aim to address vulnerabilities exposed by recent attacks and will support Member States in protecting public spaces and help deprive terrorists of the means to act. The Commission is also proposing to further strengthen the EU's external action on counter-terrorism.

Protecting public spaces

With terrorists increasingly targeting public and crowded spaces, as shown by the recent attacks in Barcelona, London, Manchester and Stockholm, the European Commission has developed an Action Plan to step up the support to Member States efforts to protect and reduce the vulnerability of public spaces. Measures include:

While the likelihood of such attacks is deemed to be low, the European Commission is also proposing an Action Plan to step up EU level preparedness, resilience and coordination against attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) substances. Measures proposed include the creation of an EU CBRN security network and a CBRN knowledge hub to be set up in the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) in Europol.

Depriving terrorists of the means to act

New short-term measures will:

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