Europol publishes 2007 trend report on the EU terrorism situation
The TE-SAT 2007 is the fifth edition of the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report. After the EU Organised Crime Threat Assessment (OCTA), this is the second major public awareness product for which Europol assumes full responsibility. Terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the EU. Nevertheless, in the twenty-first century, the threat posed by terrorism to Member Statesis serious. The attacks in Madrid in 2004 and in London in 2005 resulted in mass casualties, and the failed bomb attacks in Germany, together with a considerablenumber of plots disrupted in 2006, are a reminder that this threat prevails. TheTE-SAT 2007 establishes the basic facts and figures regarding terrorism in the EU based on the Member States’ reporting on criminal investigations into terrorism and the prosecution and convictions for terrorist offences.
The TE-SAT 2007 provides an overview of the phenomenon of
terrorism in the EU from the law enforcement perspective.
Europol believes that this approach provides a solid
basis for decision making, because terrorism involves the
commission of violent crimes and other criminal activities.
Consequently, the investigation, trial and punishment of the
perpetrators and their accomplices, irrespective of their motive,
are a matter for the criminal justice system. The TE-SAT 2007
establishes the basic facts and figures regarding terrorism in the
EU based on the Member States’ reporting on criminal investigations
into terrorism and the prosecution and convictions for terrorist
A large number of various types of terrorist organisations have an active presence in the European Union. Altogether 498 attacks were carried out in 2006, of which the vast majority resulted in limited material damage and were not intended to kill. A total of 706 individuals suspected of terrorism offences were arrested in 15 Member States in 2006. France, Spain and the UK are the countries most severely affected by terrorism.
The report focuses on the following forms of terrorism:
- Islamist Terrorism
- Ethno-Nationalist & Separatist Terrorism
- Left-Wing and Anarchist Terrorism
- Right-Wing Terrorism
What does the current situation concerning terrorism in the European Union look like?
The research was conducted by Europol.
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