Commission announces new security measures to fight terrorism

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this morning announced new security measures to fight online terrorism by getting internet service providers to remove terrorist-driven content within a hour.

He said that terrorists know no borders, hence this move.

He also “proposed to further strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better protect the EU’s external borders with an additional 10,000 European border guards by 2020″.

On Africa-EU relations, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Africa doesn’t need charity but needs genuine partnership and we Europeans need to give them this partnership.

On Brexit, he said that the UK needs to acknowledge the fact that a Member State that exits the EU cannot have the same privileges other Member States currently enjoy.

Geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour
Mr Juncker said: “The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come. It is time Europe took its destiny into its own hands. This belief that “united we stand taller” is the very essence of what it means to be part of the European Union. Sharing sovereignty – when and where needed – makes each of our nation states stronger.” He added that Europe has to become a more sovereign actor in international relations.

Commission President Juncker also highlighted that we can make Europe more sovereign and that Europe is too small to witness a divide.

On Syria, he said that we cannot remain silent on what’s happening in Syria, describing it as an imminent humanitarian disaster.

Click here to download the full speech and press release.

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