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Answer – Travel to Syria, Iraq, Libya and other countries for the purpose of supporting or participating in ISIS activities – E-002531/2016

UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2178(2014) of 24 September 2014 requires Member States to criminalise travel or attempted travel to a third country with the purpose of contributing to the commission of terrorist acts or the providing or receiving of training, as well as the funding, organisation or facilitation of such travel. The Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the prevention of terrorism, which the EU signed on 22 October 2015, also calls for the criminalisation of this conduct.

The Commission proposed a directive on combating terrorism,(1) which will transpose the abovementioned obligations into EC law. The Commission considers it important to criminalise not only those traveling to third countries for terrorist purposes, but also those traveling from a third country into the EU with the aim to prepare and perpetrate terrorist attacks.

Some Member States have already taken legislative action to criminalise the travel for terrorist purposes or are in the process of adopting such legislation. Information provided by Member States has been collected by the Council in April 2015. The Commission has not conducted a more recent overview.

(1) Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism, COM(2015)0625 final.