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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Meetings With European Counterparts in Spain

Release Date: 
April 9, 2010

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano met with her European counterparts in Madrid, Spain, as part of the U.S.-European Union Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Troika meeting—where she discussed international cooperation to protect against terrorism and transnational crime and assessed progress made on the joint declaration on strengthening the international civil aviation system.

“We must take collaborative global action to increase information sharing and strengthen security measures to counter terrorists who threaten all nations,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The United States is fully committed to working closely with our European partners to develop innovative and effective ways to ensure our mutual safety while protecting the privacy and civil liberties of all citizens.”

In Madrid, Secretary Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the progress made since the group’s last meeting—announcing the completion of the February 2010 Joint Review of the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement, in which the European Commission determined that the United States is complying with the 2007 agreement.

Secretary Napolitano also stressed the need for continued international action to bolster global security through enhanced security standards, increased information sharing, stronger screening measures and the development of the latest science and technology—reiterating her commitment to building upon progress made on the joint declaration to strengthen the international civil aviation system she and her EU counterparts issued in Toledo, Spain, on Jan. 21.

In addition, Secretary Napolitano underscored key partnerships between the United States and the EU that have resulted in closer operational cooperation on national security, enhanced efforts to combat terrorism and transnational crime such as human trafficking and ongoing initiatives to strengthen global cybersecurity—including the first EU-U.S Expert Meeting on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Tomorrow, Secretary Napolitano will travel to Barcelona to meet with DHS officers working side-by-side with Spanish Customs personnel to ensure resilient and secure commerce through the Container Security Initiative.

On April 11, Secretary Napolitano will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, at the invitation of the Nigerian government, to meet with her African counterparts and officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to discuss ways to bolster global aviation security. This will be the fourth in a series of major international meetings hosted by ICAO member states in which Secretary Napolitano will participate to build consensus on strengthening global aviation security and determining specific steps which nations can take individually and collectively to protect all passengers from threats of terrorism.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.

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