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EU set to agree sweeping counter-terror policies


EU set to agree sweeping counter-terror policies

Richard Norton-Taylor Thursday March 25, 2004 The Guardian

Police, security and intelligence agencies across Europe will have authority to hold and exchange data on individuals - and detain them - under a draft declaration on combating terrorism to be agreed by EU leaders meeting in Brussels today.

Under the plans, which will be approved by the EU summit in Brussels, officials would win sweeping powers to arrest and question individuals on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. The summit opens two weeks after the Madrid train bombings injected new urgency into remedying glaring deficiencies in Europe's anti-terrorist defences.