The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation, 1991-2007

Unsteady foundations?

By David Brown

The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation, 1991-2007


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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7464-6
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2010
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / International relations, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, EU (European Union), POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, International relations, Terrorism, armed struggle, Politics


This volume examines the underlying foundations on which the European Union's counter-terrorism and police co-operation policies have been built since the inception of the Treaty on European Union, questioning both the effectiveness and legitimacy of the EU's efforts in these two critically important security areas. Given the importance of such developments to the wider credibility of the EU as a security actor, this volume adopts a more structured analysis of key stages of the implementation process. These include the establishment of objectives, both at the wider level of internal security co-operation and in terms of both counter-terrorism and policing, particularly in relation to the European Police Office, the nature of information exchange and the 'value added' by legislative and operational developments at the European level. It also offers a more accurate appraisal of the official characterisation of the terrorist threat within the EU as a 'matter of common concern'. In doing so, not only does it raise important questions about the utility of the European level for organising internal security co-operation, but it also provides a more comprehensive assessment of the EU's activities throughout the lifetime of the Third Pillar, placing in a wider and more realistic context the EU's reaction to the events of 11 September 2001 and the greater prominence of Islamist terrorism.


This is a clear, systematic and informative piece of analysis.


List of tables
List of acronyms
1. Introduction
2. A question of JHA objectives
3. A question of objectives - police co-operation and counter terrorism
4. A question of commonality
5. A question of credibility - legislation, agencies and the implementation gap
6. A question of credibility - information exchange
7. Looking back, looking forward


David Brown is Lecturer in the Department of Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation, 1991-2007

By David Brown

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