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Fight against terrorism

The EU's efforts to combat terrorism fall under police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, i.e. Title V of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Article 83 of the Treaty refers specifically to terrorism as a serious crime.

Article 222 of the TFEU provides for a solidarity clause. This allows for joint action on the part of EU countries when 1 of them is the object of a terrorist attack.

The EU has specific laws concerning terrorist organisations, their members and operations. These include one on a joint EU list of persons whose terrorist assets must be confiscated.

In 2015, the EU will present a new Internal Security Strategy to step up the EU's response to common threats, such as terrorism. Work is also under way to assess the main issues to be tackled in the coming years when the Stockholm Programme on EU priorities for the area of justice, freedom and security comes to an end in December 2014.

The EU's Internal Security Fund (2014-2020) (ISF-Police) includes finance for actions relating to fighting serious and organised crime, including terrorism.