Europol and Eurojust Release Proposals on Counter Terrorism

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Michael Plachta

On March 16, 2015, Europol released its proposals on improving information and intelligence exchange in the area of counter terrorism across the European Union (EU). A week later, Eurojust released its proposals in this matter. The Paris and Riga statements as well as the European Council declaration giving political direction on enhanced information sharing and operational cooperation are the most recent of many such calls stretching back to 2001. However, Europol’s experience is that the expectations generated by these political decisions have not been generally met, with the potentials for the full and proper use of Europol’s information management capabilities not realized in the area of counter terrorism.