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member; Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (2004-05-03--2004-07-19)3
"Like the speakers before me, I am delighted to be speaking here for the first time. I will not be making any particular reference to our national situation in Latvia, nor will I talk about minorities – there will be time for that on other occasions – but about Europe as a whole. Freedom without security is not conceivable, as we have already heard, but the threats to freedom today are of quite a different nature to what they were in the recent past. If the threat to freedom previously came mainly from other countries, nowadays that is no longer the case in Europe. The European Union in itself is proof of this. The threat to freedom comes from within our country – violence is increasing, organised crime, terrorism and corruption are the most direct threats to freedom, to various human rights. For a long time now the criminal world has not recognised borders, so cooperation between various security bodies in the European Union, as well as beyond its borders, is especially important. The European Parliament must do everything in its power to ensure this cooperation. The sense of menace to the individual is today no longer slight. We must not allow a situation where fear is the defining factor in people's thought and action, where we would be prepared to yield, to compromise with those who do not respect us, because of fear. In order to guarantee human freedoms, sacrifices must be borne. Only by certain curbs on freedom can security be achieved. If, in our discussions of how far freedom ought to be restricted for the sake of security, we keep our ideals in mind – and these discussions should never end – then we will be on the right path."@en1
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