EU and candidate states ministers in informal meeting

Federica Mogherini says it is important that the EU cooperates with Balkan countries in preventing and combating radicalization and terrorism.

Source: Tanjug
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(Tanjug/AP)
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"It is particularly important to do so with countries that are not only candidate to become members of the European Union, but also part of the region that is, together with us, more affected by this phenomenon," the EU foreign policy chief said after an informal meeting of ministers of the EU and candidate countries held in Estonia.

"We had a very useful exchange on measures we can develop together, from the ones that are more technical counter-terrorism measures, including some legislation, to measures that are linked to the issues of integration, social and economic opportunities for all, identity - touching upon the different strengths of work that can help our societies to prevent a phenomenon that is becoming global and that for sure affects us all," she said, Tanjug reported.

The host of the meeting, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, said that the EU Council of Ministers has "a tradition of considering important issues with colleagues from candidate countries" and that fighting against terrorism, radicalism, and radicalization was "a joint challenge to all of us."

He warned that "a quick victory" should not be expected in the fight against terrorism, adding that this was "a complex problem" that requires simultaneous fight on multiple sides - from preventing attacks to youth education.

Serbian Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic, who is attending the Tallinn meeting, said that the exchange of information on radicalism and terrorism was "important for the security of both EU member states and candidate countries."

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