Letter from the Home Secretary (Mr David
Blunkett) to the Chairman of the Committee
SPECIAL JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS COUNCIL 20 SEPTEMBER
I am writing to report the outcome of the Special
Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 20 September 2001.
The Council was called to discuss the response by the EU to the
terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September.
'A' points adopted at the JHA Council
There were no Justice and Home Affairs 'A' points
tabled or accepted at this Council.
There were two items on the agenda:
(i) Proposal for a Council Framework Decision
on combating terrorism
Proposal for a Council Framework Decision
on the European arrest warrant and procedures for the surrender
of persons between Member States
Commissioner Vitorino introduced these new Commission
proposals. The Council welcomed them and the speed with which
they had been produced in the wake of the attacks in the USA.
(ii) Fight against terrorism
The Council discussed the wider JHA response to the
attacks in the US. The Council identified a number of measures
designed to enhance co-operation against terrorism within the
EU and for improved co-operation with the USA. Key points included
in the conclusions include:
Welcome for Commission proposals for a European
arrest warrant and a common definition of terrorism in national
criminal laws. Political agreement by December JHA Council.
UK/French/Spanish/Belgian initiative on joint
investigation teams of Member State police and prosecutors into
cross-border crimes. Adoption at December JHA Council.
Early agreement on mutual recognition of
court orders to freeze assets and evidence.
Immediate establishment of a team of counter-terrorist
specialists within Europol, to co-operate closely with US counterparts.
US/Europol agreement to exchange liaison
officers by November.
Police Chiefs Task Force meeting with US
to exchange best practice on airport security, human screening,
Enhanced EU/US judicial co-operation through
An urgent examination of the situation regarding
population movements resulting from the attack.
An urgent examination of the relationship
between safeguarding internal security and complying with international
protection obligations and instruments.
A copy of the Council Conclusions is enclosed.
2. I am writing in similar terms to Lord Brabazon.
26 September 2001