142 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks in the EU in 2016
An estimated 5,000 Europeans have joined terrorist organisations in Iraq and Syria
1,002 people were arrested for terrorism-related offences in 2016. Mainly:
44% of them were EU citizens
80% of Europeans want the EU to do more to fight terrorism (April 2017)
40% think the risk of an attack is high in their country (April 2016)
Additional EU funding for the fight against terrorism
A strong response to international threats and closer EU defence ties
A common electronic system to speed up checks on non-EU nationals who cross the Schengen zone’s external borders.
Parliament proposes an upgrade of EU arms export control
The committee investigates deficiencies in the fight against terrorism and propose improvements
Tighter rules on deactivation and conversion, as well as acquisition and possession of the most dangerous firearms
All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be checked against databases
Financing terrorist activities, training for them or travelling abroad in order to take part in them are made a crime in the whole of the EU
Firms supplying essential services have to improve their capacity to resist online threats
Parliament calls for a watchdog to prevent virtual currencies such Bitcoin from being used for terrorist purposes
Europol can set up specialised units more easily and exchange information with private companies
Facilitating cross-border cooperation between police forces and prosecutors.
Ensuring that the data of victims, witnesses and suspects are protected
Airlines have to provide member states with information on their passengers on flights to and from the EU
MEPs approve €2 million to hire new staff for Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre
MEPs call for a new EU strategy to tackle extremism.
Among others they propose segregating radicalised inmates in prisons and deleting online content promoting violent extremism
Tougher rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds and sources of wealth