BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest from the European Union summit in Brussels. All times local:
EU leaders have vowed to engage in an “uncompromising fight against terrorism,” and are calling for wide-ranging countermeasures.
EU heads of state and government agreed Friday it is “crucial” to implement systematic and coordinated border checks to know who is coming and going, and said they would rapidly review proposals by the EU executive to clamp down on the illicit sale of firearms, especially high-powered semiautomatic weapons.
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Leaders of the 28 EU member countries also pledged quick action to better restrict violent extremists’ ability to finance their actions, including via the imposition of asset freezes and other restrictive measures.
The summit is the first time EU leaders have met since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 and wounded hundreds of others.
European Union leaders are reconvening in Brussels for the final day of their year-end summit with a wide-ranging agenda including how to build greater economic unity among their 28 countries and stepping up the fight against extremism.
Also scheduled for discussion Friday: the EU’s internal market, bloc policy on the Syria conflict and building an EU-wide “energy union.”
On Thursday, EU leaders set a six-month deadline for deciding whether to push ahead with plans for a border guard agency that could deploy to member states unable or unwilling to manage their borders as thousands of migrants continue to arrive in Europe daily. They also kicked off negotiations with Britain on many of the cornerstones on which the EU is built, with the survival of Britain as a member state hanging in the balance.