Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Fight against terrorism is Europe's greatest challenge

31st March 2004

Following the arrest of several people in London on anti-terrorist offences, there have been calls for more co-operation between nation states across Europe and the world in the fight against terrorism.

Speaking in a debate on terrorism, Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, said:

"The fight against international terrorism is Europe's greatest challenge. Just yesterday in London, British police arrested 8 British citizens with half a ton of bomb-making material.

We need stronger measures to combat terror. There must be better co-operation between law enforcement, judicial and intelligence agencies, not just within the EU but globally with allies such as the USA and Russia and China who have their own domestic Islamist problem in Chechen and Uighur Terrorists connected to Al Quaeda.

We need strict enforcement of anti-moneylaundering legislation, and on the freezing of terrorist assets and the ratifying of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters concerning the monitoring of bank accounts.

The European Arrest Warrant or Public Prosecutor will add nothing more to UK citizens' security."