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Homeland Security

Washington File

25 June 2003

Extradition Agreement Extends U.S.-EU Counterterrorism Efforts

(Fact sheet issued in conjunction with U.S.-EU Summit) (430)
The White House issued the following fact sheet on counterterrorism
cooperation in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in
conjunction with United States-European Union Summit in Washington
June 25, 2003:
(begin fact sheet)
Office of the Press Secretary
June 25, 2003
On June 25, 2003 at the U.S.-EU Summit in Washington, Extradition and
Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements were signed, giving police and
prosecutors on both sides of the Atlantic new tools for fighting
terrorism and other serious crimes. These agreements are the latest
result of U.S.-EU counterterrorism cooperation that has been close and
productive in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks:
-- The U.S. has worked effectively with law enforcement authorities in
EU member states to investigate suspected terrorists and terrorist
groups. We have arrested and are prosecuting suspected terrorists, and
have disrupted terrorist networks.
-- We are implementing U.S.-EUROPOL Agreements signed in December 2001
and in December 2002, which enable the exchange of trend and personal
data on terrorism and terrorists between law enforcement authorities.
-- We coordinate closely on the designation of terrorist groups and
the freezing of their assets. The EU has designated most of the groups
and individuals listed by the U.S. for asset freezing, with the
notable exceptions of the Hamas "political wing" (the "military wing"
has been listed), and Hezbollah. The EU is now considering designating
Hamas in its entirety, in recognition of that group's violent efforts
to disrupt the Middle East peace process.
-- In January 2002, U.S. Customs launched the Container Security
Initiative (CSI) to prevent global containerized cargo from being
exploited by terrorists. The U.S. has bilateral CSI arrangements with
eight EU member states and is working with the European Commission to
reach a roadmap for future cooperation that will promote the prompt
and successful implementation of CSI throughout Europe and increase
the security of global trade.
-- To identify passengers that are possible terrorists and other
serious criminal offenders the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
and the Transportation Security Administration require access to
airline Passenger Name Record (PNR) data. We are continuing
discussions to reach a permanent solution which would allow
uninterrupted access to PNR data from carriers that may be subject to
the EU data privacy laws. We look forward to finding a solution that
meets U.S. statutory and security needs as well as satisfies EU
privacy concerns.
(end fact sheet)
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

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