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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Findings and recommendations of the Special Committee on Terrorism (debate)

  Roberta Metsola (PPE). – Mr President, first of all a quick word of thanks to our rapporteurs: they have done a fantastic job on a very difficult topic, because sadly tackling terrorism and boosting security must now be one of the main areas of work for our Union. There is a clear need to support Member States and provide common solutions to what is a common existential threat we all face, both from networked terrorist groups and from lone wolves. It is impossible to distance the future of Europe from the need to make our shared space more secure. There can be nothing without the freedom and security that defines the Europe we know today, and we absolutely need to improve coordination between Member States on this issue. If there is one critical, central lesson that we have learned from the attacks in Europe, it is that.

In recent years, we have moved in the right direction with the introduction of systematic checks at our external borders and legislation that will tackle radicalisation. And we have gone after those who incite in our communities and online. But it is not only online; we have to also go after the vulnerabilities in our prisons and stop those hate preachers who use the language of religion to inspire hatred. We have done a lot, but there is much more that needs to be done if we are to continue to address the people’s security concerns in Europe, and we will not cease in our efforts until we secure a Europe that is safer for everyone.

I also want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those fallen in attacks around Europe, and to underline that victims of terrorism and their families will always find this Parliament standing shoulder—to—shoulder with them. Finally, without strong borders, there can be no Schengen. One is entirely dependent on the other, and that is one aspect that I will address in my European Border and Coast Guard report next year.

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