Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

(CETS no. 196)

Open for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe, the non-member States which have participated in its elaboration and the European Union, in Warsaw, on 16 May 2005.

Entry into force: 1 June 2007.

Summary of the treaty

The Council of Europe has adopted this new Convention to increase the effectiveness of existing international texts on the fight against terrorism. It aims to strengthen member States’ efforts to prevent terrorism in two different ways:

– by establishing as criminal offences certain acts that may lead to the commission of terrorist offences, namely: public provocation, recruitment and training
– by reinforcing co-operation on prevention both internally (national prevention policies), and internationally (modification of existing extradition and mutual assistance arrangements and additional means).

The Convention contains a provision on the protection and compensation of victims of terrorism. A consultation process is planned to ensure effective implementation and follow up.