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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 19, 2001
Taken Question at Daily Press Briefing of October 18, 2001

U.S./EU Meeting on Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism (Taken Question)

Question: Please provide additional details of the October 18 meeting of senior EU law enforcement officials and their U.S. counterparts. Will there be more meetings in the coming days?

Answer: A delegation from the European Union (EU) met with U.S. counterparts in the State Department on October 18 to discuss how to enhance law enforcement cooperation in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The meeting was part of ongoing consultations between the U.S. and EU on efforts to combat international terrorism.

The EU delegation was led by Monique de Knop, Director General of the Belgian Ministry of the Interior, and included senior representatives from the European Commission, Spain, the General Secretariat of the European Council, the European Police Office (EUROPOL), and the European Judicial Coordination Unit (EUROJUST). Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff led the U.S. side. Officials from the Department of Justice (Criminal Division), the FBI, the Department of Treasury and its Office of Foreign Asset Control, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Secret Service and the State Department also participated.

The group discussed how the U.S. and EU can increase their cooperation in the fight against terrorism as the EU strengthens its justice and home affairs role. Topics included cooperation with EUROPOL and EUROJUST, extradition, mutual legal assistance, and strengthening border controls.


Released on October 19, 2001

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