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Brussels, 8 July 2010

Statement by President José Manuel Barroso on the European Parliament's approval of the agreement on the Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP)

The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has warmly welcomed the approval by the European Parliament of the agreement on the Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP) between the European Union and the United States. President Barroso said:

"I am very delighted that the European Parliament has approved today the new version of the TFTP agreement negotiated between the European Commission and the US administration. Thanks to the active and constructive participation of all the European institutions we have reached a very good agreement, which respects the right balance between the need to guarantee the security of citizens against the threat of terrorism and the need to guarantee their fundamental rights and civil liberties. This agreement helps to reinforce the transatlantic relationship and above all is key to counter-terrorism policy on both sides of the Atlantic. I want to thank in particular Commissioner Malmström, the Spanish presidency of the EU Council and the European Parliament's rapporteur for their efforts that have been instrumental to reach today's positive result."

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