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Fight against terrorism

Justice, freedom and security

Since terrorism represents a threat to the security, freedom and values of the European Union and to its citizens, EU action aims to provide an appropriate, tailored response to combat this phenomenon. Prevent, protect, pursue and respond are the four pillars of its overall approach. The EU is working hard on preventing and cracking down on terrorist acts and on protecting infrastructures and citizens. It is also tackling the causes, resources and capacities of terrorism. Coordination between the law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities within the EU and international cooperation are also essential to ensure the effectiveness of combating this transnational phenomenon.
The Amsterdam Treaty created the bases for action by the EU, at the time confined to a few Member States. This action has gathered pace with the terrorist attacks in the United States (in 2001) and Europe (Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005).

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