By Maryant Fernández Pérez

I am convinced that the only effective way to tackle terrorism is firmly rooted in the respect of fundamental and human rights.

EU Security Union Commissioner Sir Julian King, 14 November 2016.


The European Commission proposed the Draft Directive on Combating Terrorism (the “Terrorism Directive”) in December 2015. Since then, the legislative process to adopt it has been fast-tracked, which reduces the space for meaningful public participation, transparency and accountability.

The Directive is expected to be finalised by the end of 2016. On 17 November, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Commission concluded the so-called “trilogue“. This means that a political agreement has been reached among the very few people representing the three institutions. Next, both the Council and the Parliament will have to formally adopt the Directive. Amendments are possible, in theory. However, their adoption will be in practice close to impossible. After the Directive is finalised in Brussels, EU Member States will have to give meaning to vague and unclear wording when implementing the Directive.

If changes are not introduced in the Terrorism Directive, abuses to freedom of expression and privacy will be made in your Member State!

EDRi doesn’t give up and keeps pushing for a human rights agenda in the Terrorism Directive. In this document pool, you will find the relevant information, documents and analyses of the Terrorism Directive. We’ll update this document pool as the process advances. Last update: 30 November 2016.


Legislative Texts

More information in PRELEX (EU Database on preparatory acts), OEIL (European Parliament’s Legislative Observatory) and IPEX (Interparliamentary Exchange Platform).


EDRi’s analyses and recommendations


EDRi statements


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