Upcoming Event: Balancing Security vs Liberty in the Age of Global Terrorism

IMG_731521 June 2016, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Ave de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event
Brussels seems to be back in the daily grind after the devastating March 22nd attacks, but the threat of Islamist terror has not passed. Policy makers are thus scrambling to find the right balance between effective counter-terrorism instruments and upholding civil liberties.

After years of deliberations, the European Parliament recently approved the Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive. Europol was given a new, yet weak, mandate to facilitate coordination between police agencies. These are unlikely to be the last steps national governments and the EU will take to confront terrorism.

In 2001, the United States was faced with similar challenges after the 9/11 attacks. What lessons can be drawn from the U.S. experience? Which viable solutions exist to protect citizens but also their civil liberties?


Veerle Van Crombrugge
Deputy Chief of Staff to the State Secretary for Privacy in the Federal Government of Belgium

Gilles de Kerchove
EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

Joseph Sternberg
Editor, Editorial Page, Wall Street Journal Europe


Daniel Schwammenthal
Director, AJC Transatlantic Institute

Kindly register for this event by 20. June 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/securityliberty

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