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In December 2015, the EU Internet Forum was launched with the aim of identifying tools to effectively tackle the abuse of the Internet for terrorist purposes, such as recruitment. The Commission also adopted a proposal for a directive on combating terrorism(1) which would require Member States to criminalise travel to another country for terrorist purposes. This should facilitate the work of national authorities in preventing those ready to depart.
Local practitioners of the Radicalisation Awareness Network have identified best practices in dealing with people attracted to traveling abroad joining terrorist groups.
The Commission encourages Member States to create alerts under Article 36.3 of the Schengen Information System Decision, and to systematically use Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database. The Commission also facilitated the elaboration of common risk indicators to support Member States in better identifying foreign terrorist fighters at border checks.
Moreover, the EU fully supports the Libyan Political Agreement signed on 17 December 2015. It welcomes the formation of the Presidency Council and stresses the importance to form a government of national accord so that Libya can tackle the many challenges it faces, including Da’esh.
The EU stands ready to offer immediate and substantial support in a number of different areas, including counter-terrorism and irregular migration: a EUR 100 million aid package is already available including for the delivery of services the Libyan population urgently needs.