EU, US discuss efforts to combat terrorism

BRUSSELS, European Union (EU) and American officials discussed their shared efforts to combat terrorism and preventing radicalization during the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs that concluded in Sofia, Bulgaria, Wednesday.

According to an EU statement today, the two-day talks included effective information sharing on terrorism, preventing use of the internet for terrorist purposes, and vigilance with respect to aviation security, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear threats and explosives.

The meeting, hosted by the current Bulgarian Presidency of the EU in Sofia, reaffirmed the long-standing, fruitful cooperation between the United States of America and the European Union in the areas of justice and home affairs, as well as the importance of jointly addressing common security threats, it said.

The United States was represented by the U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and the Acting Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security, Claire Grady.

The EU was represented by Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourov??, Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King, as well as Bulgarian Minister of Interior Valentin Radev and Minister of Justice Tsetska Tsacheva.

With regard to EU-U.S. information sharing on Passenger Name Records (PNR), participants of the meeting emphasized the importance of such sharing and agreed to continue the discussion of PNR, at the next EU-U.S. ministerial meeting, which will take place in Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2018.

Participants discussed security and law enforcement cooperation in cyber-space, while also protecting privacy and civil liberties.

The two sides also exchanged information on developments in the areas of migration, border management, and their respective visa policies. Both sides acknowledged the need for strengthening operational cooperation to effectively prevent and eradicate migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings, and also discussed the importance of secure and lawful immigration systems.

Moreover, they discussed the importance of ensuring swift exchange of financial information and improving the effectiveness of financial investigations.

They discussed the latest developments in these areas and shared best practices in an effort to step up their common fight against anti-money laundering and terrorism financing.

Source: Kuwait News Agency