Fight against terrorism
International terrorism poses a significant threat to world peace and security.
Preventing terrorism and focusing the attention of the international community on the growing threat of violent extremism is of utmost importance. Measures to prevent young people from being radicalised and subsequently drawn into the networks of terrorist groups, as well as to neutralise the influence of individuals and organisations advocating the commission of terrorist acts, are among the main tasks in this regard.
Bulgaria is engaged in international efforts to counter international terrorism. As an active participant in the counter-terrorism initiatives of the UN, the EU, NATO, the Council of Europe, and as a member of the Global Coalition to Combat ISIL (Daesh), Bulgaria is making serious efforts to improve its instruments to prevent and combat terrorism, including by:
- Adopting new and comprehensive counter-terrorism legislation that provides a legal mechanism for a comprehensive response to terrorist threats and for the prosecution of foreign terrorist fighters;
- Implementation of the National Strategy and National Action Plan to Combat Radicalisation and Extremism adopted in 2015;
- Direct implementation of sanctions introduced by the UNSC in relation to the sanctions regime against ISIL (Daesh) and Al-Qaeda, and criminalization of terrorist financing, in accordance with UNSCR 1373 (2001) and 2178 (2014). In this respect, Bulgaria is among the group of UN member states that submit rigorous and full reports on the implementation of UNSC resolutions on counter-terrorism.