European Interior Ministers Urge Stricter Controls at EU’s External Borders

EU | January 11, 2015, Sunday // 16:06|  views

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) welcomes European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos prior to an international meeting against terrorism at the Interior Ministry in Paris, France, 11 January 2015.

The interior ministers of 11 European nations on Sunday urged the tightening of controls at the EU’s external borders in order to prevent a repeat of this week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead.

Meeting in Paris in the wake of the jihadist attacks and ahead of the Paris Unity rally later this afternoon, the interior ministers said in a statement there was an urgent need to share European air passenger information and beef up security at the EU's external borders.

It is necessary, without changing European legislation, to urgently complete joint work with the European Commission focused on on tightening controls over European citizens crossing the EU’s external borders , France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said after the meeting.

They also called for stepping up cooperation among internet operators to crack down on extremist websites.

US Attorney General Eric Holder, who also attended the meeting, said the US will host a summit on combating "violent extremism around the world" in Washington D.C. on 18 February “to pool resources”.



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