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Parliamentary questions
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6 April 2016
Question for written answer P-002751-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jussi Halla-aho (ECR)

 Subject:  Preventing Islamist radicalism and terrorism in Europe
 Answer in writing 

Nowadays, Islamist radicalism and terrorism present the most acute danger to the European way of life. Within half a year, Islamic State has succeeded in carrying out two major terror attacks within the EU, which has called into question the readiness and capabilities of Europe's security authorities.

Islamist radicalism and terrorism cannot be attributed to racism in society, as Muslims who have committed acts of terror have repeatedly included individuals who are very much part of society. Islamic extremist ideas and acts are due rather to the spontaneous segregation of Europe's Muslims in communities where Islamic values and norms prevail. Europe's passive integration policy, which has mainly stressed Muslims' rights rather than duties, has fuelled the radicalisation and marginalisation of Muslims.

The directive on terrorism which is being considered in the EU is a step in the right direction to combat terrorism and radicalism, but the directive needs to be amended as regards how potential terrorists could be detained and monitored and how immigration by them could be prevented altogether. The directive on terrorism ought to provide for special extended remand in custody if a person is suspected on strong grounds of preparing a terror attack. In addition, consideration should be given to compiling a European register of radicalised Muslims, so that the movements of suspected jihadis can be monitored effectively. Member States should also have the right to temporarily prohibit immigration by anybody from third countries where substantial support for terrorism exists.

Will the Commission amend the directive on terrorism to combat Islamist radicalism and terrorism by providing for special extended remand in custody for individuals who are predisposed to terrorism, for a register of radicalised Muslims and for a temporary ban on immigration by anybody from third countries where substantial support for terrorism exists?

Original language of question: FI 
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