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The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, to receive the “Prize Against Terrorism” in Seville to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Alberto Jiménez-Becerril

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On Monday, 29 January 2018 in Seville the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will be presented with the “Prize Against Terrorism” created in memory of Alberto Jiménez-Becerril, the Seville municipal councillor who was brutally murdered 20 years ago by the terrorist group ETA.

On a proposal from its chair, the MEP Teresa Jiménez-Becerril (PPE), the victim’s sister, the Alberto Jiménez-Becerril Foundation Against Terrorism unanimously approved the award of the prize to Antonio Tajani. As the note issued by the foundation states, the decision ‘reflects Mr Tajani’s commitment to safeguarding the right of our citizens to live in an area of freedom, security and justice, his condemnation of all acts of terrorism and the solidarity he has shown towards the victims of terrorism and with all those suffering breaches of human rights’.

The award ceremony - now in its fourth edition - will take place at 13.00 on Monday, 29 January 2018 in the Municipality of Seville’s Sala ‘Colombo’. It will be preceded by a series of events marking the 20th anniversary of the double murder of the member of the Partido Popular, Alberto Jiménez-Becerril, and his wife, Ascensión García Ortiz, on 30 January 1998. The murders shocked not just the city of Seville, but the whole of Spain.

‘I am honoured by the Foundation’s decision,’ Mr Tajani said. ‘Our citizens want us to guarantee their security first and foremost. The European Parliament is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism. Last September we set up a special committee with the task of identifying the measures needed to make cooperation between police forces, the judiciary and the anti-terrorism authorities more effective. Moreover, in October we approved the establishment of an EU Prosecutor’s Office to fight fraud. I hope that its remit and powers will be extended to cover anti-terrorism activities in the future.’

Background - The Alberto Jiménez-Becerril Prize Against Terrorism is awarded by the foundation of the same name to persons or institutions who have distinguished themselves in the fight against terrorism, through their support for the victims of terrorism and through their efforts to safeguard values such as freedom, justice, dignity and peaceful coexistence.

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