Seven EU countries agree to work closer together

Seven EU countries agree to work closer together

Several European countries want to exchange information on terrorist procedures even more closely in the future. "It's just important that member states know each other who has been convicted elsewhere," Justice Minister Katarina Barley said Monday evening following a meeting with European counterparts from France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in Paris.

In the future, law enforcement authorities should cooperate even more intensively than before through the European judicial authority Eurojust. Germany wants to transmit more cases than before, said Barley. "Such a network only brings something, if really the individual states report the cases."

The seven EU states also want to cooperate on cross-border protection of victims. "There are other countries already much experienced – unfortunately," said Barley. During the terrorist attack on the Christmas market of the Berlin Breitscheidplatz, it was seen that it was difficult to react appropriately to victims from abroad. France has a pioneering role. A network is to be established between victims' representatives.

Furthermore, hate and propaganda in social networks should be fought more strongly. In Germany, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms are required to clear blatantly targeted murders, slander or incitement within 24 hours. "When it comes to protecting the Internet, the rest of us can look for something from us," said Barley.

According to the minister, the agreement between the seven countries aims to give impetus to the entire European Union. It was good that countries as different as these could agree.

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