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US, Europe Must Take ‘Collaborative Global Action’ to Fight Terrorism

world_mapMeeting with European counterparts as part of the U.S.-European Union Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Troika meeting, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said there needs to be a transatlantic collaborative action to increase information sharing and strengthen security measures to counter terrorists who threaten all nations.

“We must take collaborative global action to increase information sharing and strengthen security measures to counter terrorists who threaten all nations,” Napolitano said. “The United States is fully committed to working closely with our European partners to develop innovative and effective ways to ensure our mutual safety while protecting the privacy and civil liberties of all citizens.”

During last week’s visit to Madrid, the DHS secretary and Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the progress made since the group’s last meeting and announced the completion of the February 2010 Joint Review of the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record agreement, in which the European Commission determined the United States is complying with the 2007 agreement.

Napolitano also emphasized the need for continued international action to improve global security through enhanced security standards, increased information sharing, stronger screening measures and the development of the latest science and technology.

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