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EU mulls on multi-year security agenda to meet challenges
January 12,2015   By:Xinhua

BRUSSELS, Jan. 12, 2015 -- The European Commission will adopt in the coming months a European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020, which will reorient the EU's internal security to meet the challenges posed by current criminal and terrorist threats, the Commission announced on Sunday.

According to a fact sheet released by the Commission on overview of its actions over fighting against terrorism, several important elements were already under consideration regarding the upcoming security agenda.

The EU would continue to reinforce the efficiency of the Schengen Information System by even "more stringent, targeted, informed and non-discriminating controls," consider if existing legal penal framework needs reinforcement, strengthen cooperation between Europol and other European agencies and threat assessment bodies, reinforce work to make relevant information accessible to law enforcement for better preventing and pursuing criminal activities across EU and international borders, and reinforce the exchange of information at EU and international level on illegal firearms.

The European Commission will also continue to work with the European Parliament and the Council to adopt EU rules on a European Passenger Name Record system which will improve the capability to prevent and detect terrorism and serious crime in a world of unimpeded global travel, said the fact sheet.

In terms of checks under the Schengen Borders Code, the fact sheet said that member states have the possibility, on a non-systematic basis, to consult national and EU databases to ensure that persons enjoying the right of free movement under Union law do not represent a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to the internal security and public policy of the member states.

"Such verification is to be done on the basis of threat assessment, which can be quite wide-ranging and adapted to the threat represented by foreign fighters, and allows for checks on all persons covered by that threat assessment," it said.

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