EU to Review Counterterrorism Policy

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December 19, 2011

Post 9/11 counter-terrorism measures taken in Europe should be properly assessed with regard to their cost, effectiveness, democratic scrutiny and impact on civil liberties, says a resolution passed by the European Parliament on Dec. 14, 2011. It says, "Remarkably little has been done to assess to what degree EU counter-terrorism policies have achieved the stated objectives." The resolution calls for a "full and detailed" evaluation of such policies and the extent to which they are subject to democratic scrutiny."

In addition to seeking the creation of an “EU Freedom of Information Act,” the assessment requests more information about all resources spent by the EU for counterterrorism measures, including spending for information technology related counter-terrorism work, the protection of fundamental rights and data protection, democracy and the rule of law, and funding of counter-terrorism related research.

“Ten years after the attacks that shook the world it is time to take stock of achievements in fighting terrorism; whereas evaluation allows for more efficient and effective policy-making and in any modern democracy policy decisions must be subject to frequent evaluation and review,” the resolution says.