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Combating terrorism

The Norwegian Government has published a new strategy for combating international terrorism. The purpose of this publication is to present the Norwegian Government’s counter-terrorism efforts, which are based on a strategic, comprehensive and broad national approach, on international cooperation with the United Nations in the lead, and on the fundamental values that we wish to defend.

25/10/2006 :: Enhanced police- and intelligence cooperation
Norway will continue its cooperation with the EU in the police and justice sector and promote closer international police cooperation. Since 2001 the EU has considerably strengthened police and justice cooperation. The first action plan against terrorism was adopted in the autumn of 2001 and has since been updated regularly. Furthermore, in December 2005 the EU adopted a counter-terrorism strategy and an action plan for combating radicalisation. The intention is to better coordinate and give higher priority to EU efforts in this field.

Norway is cooperating closely with the EU wherever this is advantageous and practicable. A number of concrete measures set out in the EU action plan may be legally binding for Norway under the EEA or Schengen agreements. It is therefore vital for the Norwegian authorities to maintain close contact with the EU so that we can participate in shaping this cooperation as far as possible. Norway has separate cooperation agreements with Europol and Eurojust, and is aiming to conclude negotiations on an extradition agreement with the EU based on the European arrest warrant.

Since 2001 international intelligence cooperation has been instrumental in averting more than 30 planned terrorist attacks in Europe. This has been possible due to effective preventive methods and broad international cooperation between security and intelligence services. Norway will advocate continued and closer multilateral cooperation between security services in Europe.

Not aligned to the EU lists of terrorists
Norway is continuously seeking to initiate dialogues with groups that are involved in armed conflict, while at the same time ensuring that we do not act in conflict with our obligations under international law or with the fundamental values underlying Norway’s foreign policy. This was the reason for the decision not to align ourselves with the EU lists of terrorists, which we consider too comprehensive, and which would place unnecessary limitations on our opportunities to engage in dialogues.

Read the complete document of Terrorism Strategy here

Read the preface from the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs here

(2.10.06)

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