The European Union will step up its efforts to share information, fight terrorism financing and protect Europeans online, said Julian King, the UK’s EU Commissioner for Combating Terrorism, Organized Crime and Cybercrime in Brussels on Wednesday.
The EU Commissioner presented the ninth outcome report on the implementation of the security union, saying that in July, the European Commission had put forward its proposal on the illicit trade in cultural goods in order to prevent terrorist financing, as well as the entry and exit details of nationals of non-EU countries crossing the external borders of the European Union Fixing a new border registration system.
Intense action against online radicalization has been intensified in order to identify new measures to detect and remove illegal terrorist content on the Internet.
In order to protect the so-called ‘light targets’, Belgian and Dutch special forces have been devised in a simulation exercise for coordinated terrorist attacks on schools.
The Commissioner also reported that the report underpins the validity of major EU security policy instruments, and points to the challenges and shortcomings. These include the need to adapt existing policies and instruments, and addressing the ever-changing threat of terrorism. As he said, in order to address the challenges and weaknesses, the Committee will continue to assist Member States in the implementation of EU legislation so that the European Passenger Name Record Data (PNR) Directive and rules on the exchange of DNA data, fingerprints and vehicle registration data They can be transposed into their legal order by the deadline set for 25 May 2018.
He explained that, building on the success of the network system already applied in the field of drug trafficking and road safety, the Committee has continued to pursue the pooling of security expertise at EU level, focusing in particular on areas where specific knowledge or resources in some Member States are incomplete. These include cyber-security, chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear hazards.
As you have said, the committee is constantly looking into the need for possible adjustments with the help of the newly established High Level Expert Group on Radicalization. One of the main areas of activity in the coming months will be to review the EU cyber security strategy so that the EU can up-to-date and effective measures to tackle the increasing risks of cybercrime, the EU Commissioner said.
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