Saturday 17 August 2019

EU Justice Ministers unanimously agree on anti-terrorism proposals including increased border controls

Frances Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

European Union Justice Ministers have unanimously agreed on all anti-terrorism proposals discussed at an emergency meeting called in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

The move will see member states share more information on citizens and lead to increased cooperation between policing forces across the continent.

This will include sharing passenger flight information between police authorities within the EU.

There will also be tighter regulations around gun control which it is hoped will lead to a crackdown on firearm smuggling.

Members of the Justice and Home Affairs Council also agreed to strengthen border controls by improving databases and reinforcing equipment and staff currently in place.

The Council, which includes Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, also agreed to commit to more information exchange and maximise the use of databases currently available.

There will also be a focus on the terrorism money trail through greater cooperation between financial intelligence units.

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