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Counter-terrorism cooperation with the Southern Neighbourhood counterterrorism



DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR EXTERNAL POLICIES POLICY DEPARTMENT IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS Counter-terrorism cooperation with the Southern Neighbourhood ABSTRACT Since the EU adopted its Counter-Terrorism Strategy in 2005, it has focused on forging closer ties with third countries in the fight against terrorism. Cooperation with the Southern Neighbourhood in this field is particularly important. Every single country within this region is affected by terrorism to different degrees and terrorist attacks on European soil are increasingly linked with the Middle East and North Africa. The EU adopted a wide-ranging counter-terrorism approach in the South including actions that go beyond the strictly military and security interpretations of counterterrorism. In line with the UN’s 4-pillar approach, the EU’s counter-terrorism measures can be broadly subdivided into four fields: (i) building state capacity (particularly in the areas of border control, criminal investigation and prosecution, and countering the financing of terrorism); (ii) strengthening the rule of law and respect for human rights; (iii) fostering regional cooperation; and (iv) preventing and combating terrorism. This study outlines and contextualises current counter-terrorism activities in the region. EP/EXPO/B/AFET/FWC/AFET/2015-01/SEDE/04 February 2017 - PE 578.013 © European Union, 2017 EN

Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies This paper was requested by the European Parliament's Sub-Committee on Security and Defence. English-language manuscript was completed on 02 February 2017. Printed in Belgium. Authors: Florence GAUB, Annelies PAUWELS (EU Institute for Security Studies) Official Responsible: Jérôme LEGRAND. Editorial Assistant: Ifigeneia ZAMPA. Feedback of all kind is welcome. Please write to: To obtain copies, please send a request to: This paper will be published on the European Parliament's online database, 'Think tank'. The content of this document is the sole responsibility of the author and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Parliament. It is addressed to the Members and staff of the EP for their parliamentary work. Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy. ISBN: 978-92-846-0606-1 (pdf) ISBN: 978-92-846-0607-8 (paper) doi:10.2861/670223 (pdf) doi:10.2861/055611 (paper) Catalogue number: QA-02-17-160-EN-N (pdf) Catalogue number: QA-02-17-160-EN-C (paper)

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