The Council held a policy debate regarding the
proposal for a directive on control of the acquisition and possession of
weapons which reviews and completes the current directive 91/477/EEC, taking
into account the recent terrorist attacks.
Ministers agreed on some
guidelines for the continuation of the work at technical level. The aim of the
Presidency is to have a position in the Council by June.
Ard van der
Steur, Minister for Justice of the Netherlands said: "Frank and fruitful
exchange of views on the five specific topics of the Commissioner proposal to
amend the firearms Directive. Experts will further work on proposal with a view
to reach a general approach by next June".
Fight against terrorism
Ministers discussed and took note of a report prepared by the EU
Counterterrorism coordinator on the follow up on the implementation of measures
regarding counterterrorism. The report gives an overview and useful
recommendations on areas where further progress is still needed, like
information sharing and border security.