Commissioners Avramopoulos and Bulc at the Paris meeting on cross-border cooperation against terrorism and for rail security
EU News 233/2015
Paris, 29 August 2015
EU Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Violeta Bulc attended a European Transport and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting on cross-border cooperation against terrorism and for rail security. This meeting was called following the thwarted Amsterdam to Paris Thalys train attack and gathered EU Home Affairs and Transport Ministers (from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom), as well as Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange experiences and to identify potential additional security measures at national and at European level.
Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos is committed to working together with all Member States and with the European Parliament on the implementation of the European Security Agenda.
The European Commission is speeding up the presentation of initiatives related to detention and to the disabling of weapons.
The swift adoption of the Passenger Name Record Directive will also be essential to detect movements of foreign fighters more efficiently.
The Schengen rules allow for all necessary measures to be taken to ensure the security of citizens without undermining their freedom of movement.
These possibilities should be used to their full, on the basis of the indicators and guidelines developed by the Commission.
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Participation of Dimitris Avramopoulos and Violeta Bulc at the meeting of Interior and Transport Ministers from 9 European Countries in Paris. Family photo Date: 31/08/2015 Reference: P-028951/00-19 Location: Paris - Ministry of the Interior (C)EU, 2015 URL