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Evaluation of Directive (EU) 2017/541 on combating terrorism

Date of the Roadmap: 01 October 2020

The EU has in place harmonised rules and minimum rules to better combat terrorism. Directive (EU) 2017/541 entered into force on 20 April 2017. Directive (EU) 2017/541 establishes a legal framework common to all Member States, and in particular, a harmonised definition of terrorist offences, which serves as a benchmark for information exchange and cooperation between competent national authorities. It establishes minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and sanctions in the area of terrorist offences, offences related to a terrorist group and offences related to terrorist activities. It contains also measures of protection of, and support and assistance to, victims of terrorism. Member States were required to transpose the Directive into their national framework by 8 September 2018.

Scope of the evaluation

Article 29(2) of the Directive requires the Commission to undertake an evaluation to assess the added value of the Directive with regard to combating terrorism, and whether the Directive is fit for purpose.

Next to the added value of the Directive, the assessment shall also cover the impact of the Directive on fundamental rights and freedoms, including on non-discrimination, on the rule of law, and on the level of protection and assistance provided to victims of terrorism. The evaluation of the Directive will also address its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and European added value, These criteria will be assessed from the date of entry into force (20 April 2017) until now.

View the roadmap for this initiative

The Roadmap published on 1st October 2020 serves to inform stakeholders and citizens about how the Commission intends to carry out the evaluation of the Directive.

Take part in the consultation activities

The Commission will organize an online public consultation (accessible via the Commission's public consultations page) in the beginning of 2021 to allow the wider public to share their views and inputs. Replies may be made in any of the 24 official EU languages. A factual report of the consultation will be published on the Commission website.

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