The European Union Plans to Criminalise Terrorism-related Foreign Travel

The European Union is planning to make terrorism-related foreign travel a crime. The draft for the same was floated on Wednesday. This action has been taken as one of the heightened security measures that are being taken after the recent attack in Paris. It may be noted that many of the terrorists had traveled routinely to and from Syria.

The current laws already consider participating in a terrorist outfit as a crime, but it does not yet recognise as a crime the act of traveling to locations potentially having training camps for terrorists. Europol states that approximately 5,000 Europeans have been trained as terrorists and have been instructed to fight after returning to their respective homelands.

EU Proposes to Criminalize Travel Abroad for Terrorism Purposes

As it currently stands, the proposal will undergo negotiations between governments of the member nations of the EU as well as the European parliament. Once that is done, the nations will then need to make suitable changes in their own legislation within a year.

Apart from this, it was also proposed that cyber-patrol teams be formed in order to keep a watch on the Internet over the illegal transport of firearms and other such contraband explosives, including their component parts.

Wednesday’s proposal also hoped for better coordination and sharing of information within the member nations of the EU, Balkan countries, Ukraine, Turkey and north African countries.

The existing law of September 2014 which restricts the availability of material that can be used to make explosives may be altered so as to have standardized training and selection of staff who would be handling such material.

Now, the interior ministers of the EU would meet in Brussels on Friday to analyse the situation and the progress of the measures undertaken. They will also take a call on whether it would be necessary to extend the border checks which are being undertaken by Germany and a few other nations, beyond the six months initially planned.