Answer – VP/HR – Fighting radicalisation and terrorism in Europe – P-001067/2015

1. The Council Conclusions on counter terrorism (CT) adopted on 9/2/15 highlighted Countering radicalisation and violent extremism as one of our main task in the external field of CT efforts. They stated very clearly the need ‘to put more emphasis on the prevention of terrorism, in particular countering radicalisation, on recruitment, equipment and financing of terrorism, and address underlying factors such as conflict, poverty, proliferation of arms and state fragility that provide opportunities for terrorist groups to flourish’.

EEAS, Commission and CTC concentrated on priority actions by establishing an upgraded, more comprehensive format of the security and CT dialogues, in order to intensify our CT cooperation with Middle-East, North Africa and Gulf countries, and with Turkey.

Based on these CT dialogues, the respective CT Action Plans are being elaborated with those key countries and ‐at the same time‐ the implementation of capacity-building projects has been intensified, while new CT cooperation projects are already being identified addressing foreign terrorist fighters, law enforcement, border management, aviation security, countering terrorist financing and countering violent extremism.

We have also accomplished an important step to enhance the CT capacity in several key EU Delegations with the ongoing deployment of security/CT experts.

2. CT is a Member States’ competence and intelligence information is shared on a bilateral way. Nevertheless, one of the tasking in this field of the Council Conclusions on 9/2 of the FAC is to foster internal cooperation by reinforcing, within the existing parameters, the role of EU Intelligence Analysis Centre as the hub for strategic intelligence assessment at EU level, including on CT.