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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000623/2019

The Commission welcomes the contribution of the European Parliament’s Report on findings and recommendations of the Special Committee on Terrorism as a valuable input to the joint work towards an effective and genuine Security Union. The Commission has set out its response to the European Parliament(1).

Respect for the Charter of Fundamental Rights(2) in Commission acts and initiatives, is a binding legal requirement. Fundamental rights, including the rights to data protection and freedom of expression, are systematically taken into account in all EU security-related initiatives.

In its 2016 Security Union Communication(3), the Commission reiterated its commitment to ensure greater coherence between internal and external actions in the field of security. The Commission and the European External Action Service are engaging with strategic partners, international organisations and priority third countries in the fight against terrorism with the support of Europol, Eurojust and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).

The Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, accompanying the draft EU-United Kingdom Withdrawal Agreement foresees cooperation with the United Kingdom on the fight against terrorism. Should the EU-United Kingdom Withdrawal Agreement enter into force, the Union will take necessary steps to begin formal negotiations on future relations with the United Kingdom in line with the Political Declaration.

At the same time, the EU institutions and Member States have been preparing for a no-deal scenario, including on security issues. In case of a no-deal withdrawal, preparations have been made to switch to alternative cooperation mechanisms, building on national or international arrangements, to continue to work with the United Kingdom in order to guarantee a continued high level of security for citizens(4).

(1)SP(2019) 239 of 15.3.2019.
(2)Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, OJ C 326, 26. October 2012, p. 391.
(3)COM(2016) 230 final.
(4)COM(2019) 195 final and in particular Annex 3 on Police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters : Coordinated approach in case of a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union without a deal.

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