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Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, DC
June 20, 2005

U.S.-EU Cooperation on Counterterrorism

The United States and the European Union have worked closely to combat the threat of global terrorism. This cooperation is one of the most important and positive accomplishments of our transatlantic relationship. We work daily toward full implementation of the 2004 U.S.-EU Summit Declaration on Combating Terrorism, and have produced concrete results. We closely coordinate to facilitate universal adherence to the international counterterrorism conventions and protocols by encouraging nearly 100 countries to approve United Nations instruments and to meet their counterterrorism obligations under UNSCR 1373 and other UN resolutions. We are also working to maximize our joint capabilities to detect, investigate and prosecute terrorists, while respecting human rights.

Our commitment has involved close coordination to develop more comprehensive and efficient international border security processes to further protect the safety of international transport and commerce. Another priority we share is ensuring close cooperation between our law enforcement and border control agencies, and to improve our ability to share relevant information. We have stepped up our efforts to increase coordination of our technical assistance programs to third countries, and are strengthening our cooperation with EU institutions, such as Europol and Eurojust.

Since the 2004 U.S.-EU Summit, together we have successfully:

  • Completed negotiations of bilateral protocols to implement the U.S.-EU Extradition/Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements with seventeen EU Member States;

  • Developed (through ICAO and bilaterally) biometric standards to enhance the security of travel documents, and closely consulted to ensure the future interoperability of border control systems and protection of data;

  • Established an informal dialogue on terrorism financing issues, which included expert-level exchanges on protecting charities from terrorist abuse, developing best practices in investigations/prosecutions, improving the effectiveness of designations, and conducting a joint technical assistance initiative in Tanzania;

  • Implemented the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement, which allows airlines to provide EU-origin passenger data for flights to the U.S.;

  • Finalized and implemented cargo screening and inspection procedures under the Container Security Initiative with several Member States, further protecting the security of international transport;

  • Established expert working groups to implement the April 2004 U.S.-EU Agreement intensifying and broadening customs cooperation, with a focus on security standards and custom-trade partnerships.

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