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Americans must play a critical role more than they have in the past couple of years. That is the strategy of the European Union.
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Europe has a long and tragic history of mostly domestic terrorism.
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I have never come across a technology that doesn't change. This is inevitable. You have to adapt your systems as technology develops.
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I remain optimistic. What we've seen in Europe and the rest of the world is that freedom has a much stronger attraction than radical fundamentalism.
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I'm encouraged by the fatwa that the Islamic Commission of Spain recently issued against al Qaida and bin Laden.
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If information ends up in the wrong hands, the lives of people very often are immediately at risk.
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If you combat an international phenomenon, it is indispensable to share information internationally.
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If you exchange information internationally, you must strengthen data protection. Those are two sides of the same coin.
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In intelligence work, there are limits to the amount of information one can share. Confidentiality is essential.
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In situations of military conflict, civil strife, lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations, terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks.
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In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities.
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In the past, Islamic non-governmental organisations have been abused for purposes of terrorism financing. Money should not reach the wrong people.
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Indiscriminate attacks on civilians ought, under all circumstances, to be illegal in war as in peacetime.
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Indonesia feels that its experience with Islam deserves to be better known in Europe.
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It's important that we work very closely with moderate Muslim forces locally, nationally and internationally.
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Look at Iraq; look at Afghanistan, where at great personal physical risk people have gone to the polls and have rejected the appeal from Bin Laden and his allies to stay at home.
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Muslim organisations tend to have a low level of organisation. The communities in Europe are quite diverse.
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My main ambition is to make myself superfluous. That requires cooperation in the European Union to be intensified even further.
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Our strategy should be to strengthen the hand of moderate Muslims.
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Police forces collect information to be used in a public court to get people convicted. Security services gather information that does not necessarily lead to people being prosecuted and in many cases needs to remain confidential.
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Public agencies, banks and other financial actors have become stricter in monitoring international financial flows.
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Terrorists always have the advantage of surprise.
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Terrorists have failed in what is arguably al Qaida's most important objective - to trigger revolutions.
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Terrorists have failed to trigger mass conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. We should draw strength from that fact.
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The central role in the fight against terrorism is with national authorities.
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The EU is trying to build an interfaith dialogue with Indonesia proposed by both the EU and the new President Yudhoyono.
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The European Borders Agency in Warsaw has been created to help border forces in Europe cooperate more.
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The European Union has developed assistance to Russia to help it dispense with its surplus chemical and nuclear stocks.
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The European Union intends to have a strategy dealing with the external dimension of radicalisation and recruitment, things happening outside our borders and the internal dimension.
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The European Union is championing the Convention against Terrorist Bombings and the Convention against the Financing of Terrorism.
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The idea is to have global standards. There is so much travel that if you just had a regional standard, it would probably ultimately have to be changed.
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The key to tackling Islamist fundamentalism and terrorism from the Islamist community is in the hands of moderate Muslims.
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The lack of progress on the Middle East has been used as a recruitment tool by Islamist radicals, blaming the West for one-sidedness.
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The majority of the world's Muslims do not believe that terrorism is a legitimate strategy or that Islam is incompatible with democracy.
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The majority of the world's Muslims do not live in the Middle East, but in Asia.
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The situation in countries outside the EU is within the power of local authorities. Foreigners can only play a limited role.
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The violent radicals do not legitimately represent the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.
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There are no automatic links between poverty and terrorism. Among millions of poor people in the world, only a few turn to terrorism.
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There have been a number of notable, though silent, successes. One plot was discovered because of good cooperation between France and Germany.
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There have been hundreds of European arrest warrants issued. Extradition used to take up to a year; now that is down to two months.
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There is a series of sectors which could be severely disrupted by terrorist attacks, particularly if they were to happen in several member states simultaneously.
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Ultimately, freedom and democracy are stronger than fear and tyranny.
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We are familiar with terrorism. But indiscriminate, cross-border, religiously motivated terrorism is new.
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We can use the EU aid instruments to support moderate reformers in countries from Morocco to Malaysia.
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We have 13 global conventions on aspects of terrorism. Unfortunately, so far only one-third of the world's countries have ratified all 12.
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We have a vast programme of practical cooperation at the European level, such as Europol, where police forces cooperate; and Eurojust, where investigating judges and prosecutors do likewise.
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We have adopted a programme of legislation to combat terrorist financing and make it more difficult for terrorists to travel across borders.
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We have an integrated picture of the threat from outside and from within that is provided not only to our foreign ministers but also to our justice and interior ministers.
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We must try to drain the swamp in which terrorism festers. It will be very difficult to stop each and every potential terrorist attack.
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We remain vulnerable. There is no such thing as 100 percent security against terrorism.
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We still lack a global definition of terrorism.
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We welcome the increase in cooperation between U.S. agencies and Europol. We would like to see a similar increase in cooperation with Eurojust.
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We work with the United States, Canada, Norway and Switzerland, trying to provide counter-terrorism assistance to countries like Morocco, Jordan and others.
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We're still stymied by the old stand-off between those who wish to fight terrorism and resistance fighters.
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You can't get closer to the heart of national sovereignty than national security and intelligence services.
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