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EU presents new plan to fight against terrorism and cybercrime

The document contains 20 pages and provides for EU's action to strengthen security in 2015-2020.

On Tuesday, April 28, in Strasbourg, Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission, and Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, presented a plan to fight against terrorism and cybercrime, aimed to replace the previous strategy adopted for 2010-2014, EurActiv reports.

According to the report, the document contains 20 pages and provides for EU's plans regarding security sector. It is recognized that the Member States are responsible for internal security, but resolving of transboundary problems requires trust, cooperation, information exchange and joint actions among all EU countries.

The document also set three priorities, among them are prevention of terrorism, countering radicalization, fight against organized crime and cybercrime.

In particular, the Commission plans to create a special center to combat radicalization with participation of the best professionals.

The EU also plans to improve cooperation with the third countries to combat the phenomenon of the foreign military mercenaries. Also, special attention will be paid to overcoming the financing of terrorists, strengthening of the legal framework for firearms and so on.

Moreover, the Commission plans to establish closer links with specialists from the IT industry for joint counteraction to cybercrime. Thus, in 2015 there will held a joint forum of the EU and big IT companies to combat terrorist propaganda on the Internet and social networks, as well as to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies in the field of technology.

In addition, it is planned to increase the potential of Europol by establishing a European counter-terrorism center to support national law enforcement agencies in the fight against foreign militants, financing of terrorism, proliferation of extremist materials and illicit trafficking of firearms.

As it is known, Germany and France urge the European Commission to fight against the financing of terrorism.