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Ministers to green-light new legal measures against foreign terrorist fighters

New legal measures to help tackle foreign terrorist fighters are set to be adopted at tomorrow’s Committee of Ministers meeting in Brussels.

They are included in an additional protocol to the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing terrorism. It is a legally-binding international treaty, which has so far been signed by 44 of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states.

The protocol obliges countries to criminalise intentionally taking part in terrorist groups, receiving terrorism training and travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism.

Measures to boost international cooperation, including the creation of a 24/7 network of contact points to enable countries to rapidly share information, are also part of the treaty.

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