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Answer – Europol sounds the alarm: 800 000 migrants arriving in Italy from Libya and high alert for terrorist attacks at the European football championships – E-004285/2016

The Commission is well aware of the situation in Libya and the subsequent risks to the Union’s security. The fight against terrorism is a priority and the Commission is providing support to Member States to address all dimensions of the terrorist threat. On 20 April 2016, it adopted a ‘Communication on delivering the European Agenda on Security and paving the way towards a genuine and effective Security Union’(1) taking stock of the progress achieved in this domain. The Security Union portfolio will be taken forward by Commissioner Sir Julian King.

With a view to mitigating such a risk, the Commission has in particular taken the following initiatives:

With the support of the Commission, Frontex and Europol, Italian authorities have stepped up efforts to ensure systematic fingerprinting and registration, allowing for security checks against the Schengen Information System, Interpol and Europol databases. The Commission also refers the Honourable Member to its report on relocation and resettlement.(2)
With regard to countering migrant smuggling networks, the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in Europol is now fully staffed and works to support all Member States in stepping up investigations against smuggling criminal networks. Europol has already reinforced its presence in the EU Regional Task Force in Sicily and is regularly in contact with Italian authorities to guarantee support and deploy guest officers to perform security checks in the hotspots, if needed.
In order to support Member States in protecting public soft targets such as sport or cultural events, the Commission has in late 2015 launched work to develop guidance materials on security measures to be considered by Member States’ authorities.

(1) COM(2016) 230 final
(2) COM(2016) 636 final