Existing tools and possible new measures to prevent and fight terrorism, protect EU citizens and prosecute perpetrators were discussed on Tuesday with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plaesschaert for the Council presidency, in the presence of EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
MEPs reiterated their urgent call on member states to step up information-sharing and intelligence cooperation. While EPP, S&D, ALDE leaders called for the creation of an EU security agency with fully-fledged powers to investigate and even prosecute terrorists, other group speakers advocated stricter national border checks, voluntary cooperation between intelligence services and measures to prevent radicalisation.
Replay live statements by
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Dutch Minister of defence (Council Presidency)
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
Manfred Weber (EPP, DE)
Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT)
Syed Kamall (ECR, UK)
Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE)
Neoklis Syliokotis (GUE/NGL, CY)
Philippe Lamberts (Greens/EFA, BE)
Diane James (EFDD, UK)
Marcel De Graaf (ENF, NL)