European ministers adopt new legal standards for tackling foreign terrorist fighters
[19/05/2015] The 125th session of the Committee of Ministers brought together, on 19 May 2015 in Brussels, Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.
The Ministers adopted the first set of legally-binding international standards to help tackle so-called "foreign terrorist fighters".
The measures take the form of an additional protocol to the Council of Europe's convention on the prevention of terrorism, which has so far been signed by 44 of the organisation's 47 member states.
The protocol will require countries to outlaw various actions including intentionally taking part in terrorist groups, receiving terrorism training or travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism. It also provides for a round-the-clock network of national contact points to rapidly exchange information.
Participants at the meeting also adopted a political declaration and a three-year action plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. The action plan sets out a series of Council of Europe-led measures to help tackle radicalisation, including in schools, prisons and on the internet.
On this occasion, the outgoing and incoming Chairs of the Committee of Ministers, together with the Secretary General, signed a joint statement on the fight against terrorism.
At the close of the session, Belgium passed the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the next six months. Outgoing Chairperson Didier Reynders presented the stocktaking of Belgiums chairmanship and Igor Crnadak, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented the priorities of his countrys chairmanship.
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