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January 23, 2022

Ministers Pruna, Toba at JHA Council meeting: More than anytime, terrorism must feel our united response

Romanian Justice Minister Raluca Pruna and Minister of the Interior Petre Toba participated on Friday in the meeting of the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council called in response to the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

According to a release sent to Agerpres by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Romanian officials conveyed condolences and the solidarity of the Romanian people with the victims and their families.

“The attack against France is an attack on all member states and the values the Union is built upon. Romania’s position, as expressed in the interventions of the two Romanian officials, is to support the measures that ensure the security of European citizens and protect the values and the principles underlying the European construction. Romania will contribute to the urgent implementation of a complete and efficient European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system and support better cooperation between the services and law enforcement authorities in the member states, with a view to harnessing the information they hold. In connection with the activity of the European agencies, it is important to ensure the necessary resources, but also a clear legal framework enabling effective action,” the release informs.

Referring to the France terror attacks, Interior Minister Petre Toba said that although “Romania has not been faced until now with this phenomenon on its national territory, it was still hit by terrorism – as Romanian citizens died in Paris.”

“More than ever, terrorism must feel our united response,” said Petre Toba as cited in the release.

With regard to the consequences of the phenomenon of migration on the European Union’s security, the Minister of the Interior mentioned that Romania has the experience of using efficient technologies, like that implemented at the country’s marine border, and supports speeding up efforts to implement such technologies at European level.

“The Minister of Justice reiterated Romania’s constant stance regarding the radicalization and the implications on prison systems, of supporting the identification of solutions both at national level, but especially at EU level”, reads the press release.

The participants in the meeting adopted the conclusions of the EU Council and of the member states meeting within the Council on the combat of terrorism, identifying priority areas for action: the Passenger Name Record (PNR), the regime of firearms, the consolidation of border controls, the exchange of information, financing terrorism, the response of criminal justice to terrorism and violent extremism, and the commitment to fund these priority measures.

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