European Union (EU)
The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism continues to work closely with European partners to strengthen anti-terrorist legislation and to help less capable states improve their abilities to restrict terrorists' freedom of action, block assets, and address social pathologies that contribute to terrorism's spread. Since September 2001, many European countries have significantly strengthened their legal and administrative ability to take action against terrorists and their supporters, including freezing their assets. The contributions of European countries in sharing intelligence, arresting members of terrorist cells, and interdicting terrorist financing and logistics have been vital elements in the war on terrorism.
For its part, the European Union has been a strong and reliable partner in the war on terrorism. EU members have brought into effect a European Arrest Warrant and enacted implementing legislation for U.S.-EU Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties. The U.S. and EU have made a formal trans-Atlantic commitment to cooperate closely and to continue to work together to develop measures to maximize capacities to detect, investigate and prosecute terrorists, to prevent terrorist attacks, to prevent access by terrorists to financial and other economic resources, to enhance information sharing and cooperation among law enforcement agencies, and to improve the effectiveness of their border information systems. The U.S. and the EU have agreed on a Declaration on Combating Terrorism that ratified a wide-ranging set of counterterrorism initiatives, including a commitment to establish a regular dialogue on terrorism finance between the EU and the U.S. Since it was launched in September 2004, the dialogue has served as the framework for ongoing exchanges to promote information-sharing and cooperation on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and on technical assistance issues.