1. Wide shot of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw arriving in press room
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary:
"The Presidency have our full support in putting forward a number of important measures. Better coordination in the fight against terrorism and the appointment of a senior official answering to High Representative Javier Solana, to ensure continuity throughout the various Council working groups on counter-terrorism and to drive the agenda forward. And we also welcome the agreement to give the situation centre a counter-terrorism focus. Strengthened law enforcement, a commitment to ensure that Europol and Eurojust can better function. And also an agreement that by the 30th of June this year all the directives and changes in European law, which were agreed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, become domestic law in every European member state."
3. Cutaway news conference
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary:
"Words are not enough in the fight against terrorism, what we need is action. We in the United Kingdom have ratified these measures (anti-terrorism legislation). We have them in place. So have most of the other European countries. As I said in the Council meeting this morning The problem for the European Union is that we can only go at the pace of the slowest. There is therefore a special responsibility of the countries that have failed so far to implement these measures to get moving."
5. Medium shot of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw departing
6. Medium shot of French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin sitting down
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dominique de Villepin, French Foreign Minister:
"One thing we should not forget is - and I was saying that a couple of minutes ago - what are the roots of terrorism? There is a political dimension to terrorism and if we do want to be able to face the real threat of terrorism we need to address these questions. And we need to try to find solutions. It is true in Iraq; it is true in the Middle East. If we don't do that, we will see a growing number of terrorist attacks. That is why I believe the best answer to terrorism is to try to settle the different crises of the world."
8. Wide shot news conference
9. Wide shot of French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin departing
10. Wide shot of news conference
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Brian Cowen, Irish Foreign Minister:
"On terrorism we had a thorough exchange of views on a package of counter-terrorism measures to be submitted to the European Council building on the substantial work done by justice and home affairs ministers on Friday last. There is some tidying up of the text of the declaration to be done before the European Council on Thursday. We will be announcing a comprehensive package of measures balancing the need for immediate implementation of measures to ensure the safety of EU citizens with the longer term strategy to address the ongoing threat of terrorism and to protect our society in the future."
13. SOUNDBITE: (French) Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief:
"But basically we already have a potential intelligence capability, we are going to build on that step by step, we are building on the trust of the member states of the union, on the analytical situation that's the state of play. On the operational questions, I will be making proposals which I think we will be aiming for the European Council in June."
Fearful that the Madrid bombings could mark the start of an al-Qaida terror campaign in Europe, E-U foreign ministers sought urgent agreement on Monday on measures to enhance cooperation between police and intelligence services across the continent.
Ideas including a new post of European Union counterterrorism coordinator and a NATO-style commitment for E-U governments to rush to one another's aid in the event of terrorist attacks may be adopted by the end of this week when the bloc's leaders gather in Brussels.
European ministers also denounced the killing of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, claiming it would set back hopes of reviving peace talks in the Middle East.
E-U foreign ministers were also to address the recent violence in Kosovo and were expected to back a strong statement condemning the killing of 28 people in ethnic Albanian mob violence directed at Serbs.
On terrorism, the ministers were working on a declaration which commits the 25 current and soon-to-be E-U members to "act jointly in a spirit of solidarity if one ... is the victim of a terrorist attack."
It includes a pledge to mobilise "all the instruments at their disposal, including military resources," to prevent attacks or assist one another in the aftermath.
E-U leaders are expected to finalise the declaration at their meeting on Thursday and Friday.
The summit had been scheduled to focus on the economy until the Madrid attacks pushed terrorism to the top of the E-U's agenda.
Other steps would create an anti-terrorism coordinator at E-U headquarters and increase pressure on governments to quickly implement already agreed measures such an E-U-wide arrest warrant.
However, calls from Belgium and Austria for a centralised European intelligence agency have found little backing because of concerns it could increase bureaucracy and the risk of intelligence leaks.
Spy chiefs from France, Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain were meeting on Monday in Madrid to review the March 11 train bombings and discuss how to improve cross-border cooperation.