Switzerland prepared to tackle terrorism and violent extremism
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However, it pledged to implement recommendations to boost cooperation between national and cantonal units and to improve communication.
The government also plans to draft a legal amendment to extend surveillance of computers and postal services, according to a statement published on Wednesday.
The plans were announced following a report commissioned by parliament on the perceived threat to Switzerland’s security by the rise in violent extremism. The report found that violent extremism is becoming a growing concern and there is a higher probability of an attack by an individual associated with right-wing extremism.
Last September, parliament agreed tighter measures including a ban on the financing of terrorist activities and the recruitment and training of suspected militants traveling to conflict regions.
On Wednesday, the government also approved a report on a nationwide security exercise in 2019.
More than 2,000 senior representatives from the national and the 26 cantonal authorities took part in the three-day exercise which tested Switzerland’s ability to deal with a persistent terrorist threat.
The report found that Switzerland is ready to face a threat at an operational level, but it identified shortcomings at a managerial level.
Source: Swiss Info