China News Agency, Paris, November 10 (Reporter Li Yang) French President Macron held a meeting with the leaders of Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and the European Union on the 10th local time to discuss and coordinate the response to the threat of terrorism.
The main venue of the conference was the French Presidential Palace in Paris. Austrian Chancellor Kurz came to Paris to participate in the conference. German Chancellor Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, European Council President Michel, European Commission President Von der Leyen presented video Attend the meeting.
Macron called on European countries to take rapid and coordinated actions to combat terrorism, and reiterated his hope for necessary reforms in the relevant border policies of the Schengen area.
He stated that he would formally submit France’s counter-terrorism proposals to the European Union in December.
Macron pointed out that coordinated counter-terrorism measures include joint development of relevant databases, strengthened information exchange, and strengthened judicial response; relevant measures should be fully and strictly implemented.
He emphasized that any security risks at the external borders of the EU or an EU member state may become security risks for all other EU countries.
The background of this meeting is still how to deal with the recent successive attacks in Europe.
On October 29, a suspect from Tunisia launched an attack in the southern French city of Nice, causing many deaths and injuries. The suspect who killed many people in Vienna, Austria on the 2nd of this month went to Slovakia to try to buy ammunition.
Merkel said that the EU should strengthen control over the external borders of the Schengen area.
She believes that if necessary reforms are not made to the relevant border policies of the Schengen area, it will be difficult for EU countries to keep their internal borders open.
European Commission President von der Lein pointed out that the recent attacks in France and Austria show that we need to fight terrorism unremittingly.
She said that EU countries will strengthen cooperation and jointly strengthen response measures.
Austrian Chancellor Kurz described those fighters who had served in extremist organizations in Syria and Iraq as "time bombs."
He pointed out that if the freedom of the people is to be protected, the freedom of those people must be restricted.
Both Kurtz and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte stated that measures should be strengthened to protect the EU's external borders.