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 has reduced the space for meaningful public participation, transparency and accountability.
On 17 November 2016, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Commission concluded the so-called “trilogue“. This means that a political agreement was reached among the very few people representing the three institutions. Next, both the Council and the Parliament had to formally adopt the Directive. Amendments were possible, in theory. Indeed, there were some amendments tabled at the European Parliament. However, their adoption in practice was close to impossible. The Parliament formally adopted the provisional agreement as its “first reading position” on 16 February 2017. The Council formally adopted the Directive on 7 March 2017. EU Member States will have to give meaning to vague and unclear wording when implementing the Directive.
If the implementation is not done carefully, 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 this document pool, you will find the relevant information, documents and analyses on the Terrorism Directive. We’ve been updating this document pool as the process advanced. Last update: 13 February 2018.
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
- 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)
- Provisional agreement approved by the European Parliament (16.02.2017)
- Provisional agreement adopted by the Council (07.03.2017)
- Terrorism Directive – final text (15.03.2017)
EDRi’s blogposts and press releases
- 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)
- 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)
- The time has come to complain about the Terrorism Directive (15.02.2017)
- Recklessly unclear Terrorism Directive creates significant risks for citizens’ security (16.02.2017)
- Can we ensure EU terrorism policies respect human rights? (24.01.2018)
- European Parliament – fighting terrorism with closed-door secrecy (07.02.2018)
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