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Libyan Newswire

Answer – VP/HR – Withdrawal of the 'Islamic State' terrorist group from the Syrian war zone – E-000124/2018

The Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has the mandate to step up external Counter-Terrorism (CT) actions as stated in the Council Conclusions on Counter-Terrorism from 19 June 2017 with a primary focus on the EU neigbourhood including the western Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East and North of Africa.

Within that mandate, the European Union (EU) has held specific CT Political dialogues with Turkey exchanging on the terrorist threat, the response to it and focusing on issues of common interest. During those discussions no reference was made to assistance provided to Da’esh fighters.

Implementing European integrated border management is a shared responsibility of the European Border and Costal Guard Agency (Frontex) and of the national border guard authorities of the Member States. Its core component is border control, including, where appropriate, measures related to the detection and prevention of cross-border crime, such as terrorism. Frontex provides technical and operational assistance to Member States at the external borders in cooperation with Europol and Eurojust in the fight against organised cross-border crime and terrorism. It also carries out risk analysis covering all aspects of European integrated border management. Frontex also promotes the use of ‘Common Risk Indicators’ by the Member States during border control with a view to detecting foreign fighters.

The Commission does not dispose information on the number of cases of detected Islamic State fighters who tried to infiltrate the EU from Libya.

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