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EU justice ministers approve anti-terror plan

[JURIST] [JURIST Europe] European Union [official website] justice and security ministers announced the adoption of a new anti-terror strategy and action plan at an EU Council [official website] meeting in Brussels Thursday. The UK-sponsored proposal is intended to fight radicalization and the recruitment of potential supporters into terrorist groups throughout Europe, and is a response to the terrorist bombings in Madrid (March 2004) and London (July 2005) [JURIST news archives]. The proposal [PDF text] includes measures to protect infrastructure, reduce the effects of terrorist attacks, stymie the recruitment of terrorists, and facilitate prosecutions. Member states have agreed to share information amongst their respective police authorities, including communicating the identity of terror suspects within eight hours of their discovery. The plan must be approved by the EU summit [EC announcement] in Brussels on December 15-16. EUObserver has local coverage.

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