6th December 2015

EC proposes to criminalize travel for terrorist purposes

On 2 December, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive on Terrorism. This directive, if adopted by the EU co-legislators (EP, Council), will criminalize terror-related travel, assistance to such travel or training for terrorist purposes. Some other provisions were also proposed to be strengthened, for instance recruitment or spreading of terrorist propaganda. This proposal constitutes a part of EC´s Agenda on Security adopted in April. Alongside the directive proposal, the EC also presented an Action Plan against firearms illicit trafficking, the main point of which is to strengthen intra-EU operational cooperation against these offenses. Arms trafficking was revealed to constitute a major problem in the fight against terrorism after the recent Paris attacks. In November, the EC also presented a proposal to tighten firearms possession and purchase rules.

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