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Words in the News
Wednesday 19 September 2001
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  European Commission Building
European Commission Counter-Terrorism Measures
Summary: The European Commission will today propose a package of counter-terrorism measures designed to increase security in Europe following last week's attacks in the United States. This report by Angus Roxburgh
   
The News Listen  
  In the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in the United States, the European Commission is rushing through proposals already in the pipeline for legislation to boost the anti-terrorist effort in the EU. The proposed legislation sets out to define what crimes may be classified as terrorism. It establishes common penalties for these crimes. Most importantly, there's a proposal to replace current extradition procedures with a new European arrest warrant which would mean a warrant issued in one Member State would automatically apply in all others.

At the moment, nine of the fifteen Member States don't have any legislation on terrorism so the proposals are seen as a major advance. They'll be presented to EU justice and home affairs ministers when they meet here on Thursday and will form part of the response to the crisis to be discussed at an emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Friday.

ANGUS ROXBURGH, BBC NEWS, BRUSSELS

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  in the wake of
If something is in the wake of something else, then it happens after that thing

 
   
  rushing through
if you rush something through then you make it happen more quickly

 
   
  in the pipeline
if something is in the pipeline, then it is going to happen at some time in the future

 
   
  anti-terrorist
if something is anti something then it is against it and tries to stop it

 
   
  boost
if you give something a boost then you help it

 
   
  common penalties
punishments that are the same regardless of who commits the crime or where they commit the crime

 
   
  extradition procedures
the methods used by one country to get another country to hand over a person who has committed a crime in the first country

 
   
  warrant
a legal document that gives police special powers to do something like arrest a person, or search their property

 
   
  major advance
a major advance is a significant move forward

 
   
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