Tuesday, 16 July 2019 04:16 GMT

EU, US say fight against terrorism their top priority

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, June 19 (KUNA) -- The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) Wednesday reaffirmed that fighting terrorism is among their top priorities and that they are committed to enhance their joint efforts.
This position was expressed in a joint statement following an EU-US Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Internal Affairs in Bucharest, as Romania holds the current EU Presidency.
Participants welcomed results already achieved in this domain, including in cooperation with Europol and Eurojust, and looked forward to the outcome of the meeting to be held on this subject that will bring together EU and US experts in Brussels on 10 July.
Participants of the meeting reiterated the importance of the EU-US Passenger Name Record agreement and committed to begin a joint evaluation to assess its implementation.
The two sides also discussed current threats to aviation security, including unmanned aircraft systems; combatting the use of the internet for terrorist purposes; and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
Participants committed to further joint efforts to maintain a safe, open, and secure cyberspace, and exchanged views on how to best address growing cyber threats.
They recognised that the deployment of 5G network infrastructure needs to be addressed as a matter of priority, as it might pose significant security risks and impact the ability of law enforcement agencies to take effective action against crime.
The EU and the US committed to further pursue their exchanges on assessing and managing 5G and supply chain security risks through existing channels, including the Justice and Internal Affairs meetings.
The EU and the US also reviewed the unprecedented challenges faced by electoral systems in democratic states, which call for exchanges of best practices to overcome those challenges.
The EU and the US briefed each other on recentdevelopments in their migration and border management policies.
Both sides concurred on the vital importance of preventing and combating migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings and discussed further joint work in these areas.
The United States was represented at the one-day meeting byAttorney General, William Barr, and Acting Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security, David Pekoske.
The EUwas represented by the Commissioner for Migration and InternalAffairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, the Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King, as well as other officials and diplomats. (end)


EU, US say fight against terrorism their top priority


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