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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
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.