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Prepared Remarks for

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales

At the
Jha Ministerial Joint Press Conference
Washington, D.C.
October 6, 2005 - 1:15 PM
Good afternoon.

I am joined on stage by a number of my distinguished colleagues.

I'd like to welcome Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Charles Clarke,
Minister of the Interior of Austria Liese Prokop, Minister of Justice of Austria
Karin Gastinger, and Vice President of the European Commission Franco Frattini.

My co-host and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is also here.

We've just completed a very successful meeting on a range of counter-terrorism and

law enforcement topics of interest to the European Union and the United States.

The bonds that unite our nations – and our citizens – across an ocean remain strong.

We all understand a common truth that underscores the relationship between the EU
and the US – we are stronger together than apart.

We are bringing that truth to bear on the challenges we face as freedom-loving


As you might expect, today we focused a great deal of our attention on the global
war on terrorism.

Joint actions between the United States and the European Union to combat
international terrorism – including practical cooperation between our prosecutors
and law enforcement agencies – is, as EU High Representative Solana has said, one
of the unsung transatlantic success stories of our generation.

Today, to further our joint actions, we have agreed to a number of practical steps,
two of which are:

1. We will exchange threat assessments regarding terrorism and organized crime

and we will monitor together the progress being made; and
2. The US will increase its cooperation with Europol and Eurojust, including
assigning an FBI agent to Europol and concluding our negotiations regarding
an agreement with Eurojust.

The strategies, action plans, and practical recommendations that we discussed today
will help further protect Americans and Europeans from violence and terrorism in
the future.

Our work is never done. But the free exchange of ideas and the critical examination
of joint proposals – examples of the work we've accomplished today – will help us
achieve our goals together.

Thank you. And now I would like to invite Homeland Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff to share a few remarks.