I am convinced that the only effective way to tackle terrorism is firmly rooted in the respect of fundamental and human rights.
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.
- Commission’s Proposal (proposed on 02.12.2015)
- Council negotiating position (adopted on 10.03.2016)
- LIBE Committee draft report (adopted on 09.03.2016)
- Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (adopted on 17.03.2016)
- LIBE’s Report on the Terrorism Directive (adopted on 04.07.2016)
- Political agreement reached in trilogues (adopted on 17.11.2016)
EDRi’s analyses and recommendations
- Regarding the Commission’s proposal and the the European Parliament’s Draft Report on the Directive on Combating Terrorism
- Recommendations on the amendments to LIBE’s draft report
- Recommendations on compromise amendments to LIBE’s draft report:
- Analysis of the state of play
- Comments for the fourth trilogue
- Comments for the fifth trilogue
- Joint Civil society statement on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights (01.03.2016)
- EDRi’s input on violent extremism for UN Human Rights Commissioner (23.03.2016)
- Countering terrorism, a.k.a. the biggest human rights threat of 2016 (20.04.2016)
- Next year, you’ll complain about the Terrorism Directive (18.05.2016)
- Terrorism and internet blocking – is this the most ridiculous amendment ever? (19.06.2016)
- Letter to MEPs: Do Not Enable Censorship within the EU (20.06.2016)
- Rush to “fight terrorism” threatens our fundamental rights and security (04.07.2016)
- Joint civil society statement: European Union Directive on counterterrorism is seriously flawed (30.11.2016)
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