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EU ministers expected to beef up anti-terrorism measures, including passport checks

  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo French riot officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris, France. EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday, March 12, 2015, were to be asked to decide that the passports of everyone leaving or entering the 26-nation Schengen area should be checked against databases to ensure they are not stolen, forged or void. The EU made fighting terrorism a top priority after the Jan. 7-9 attacks in Paris that claimed 17 victims. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo French riot officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris, France. EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday, March 12, 2015, were to be asked to decide that the passports of everyone leaving or entering the 26-nation Schengen area should be checked against databases to ensure they are not stolen, forged or void. The EU made fighting terrorism a top priority after the Jan. 7-9 attacks in Paris that claimed 17 victims. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo a police investigator works at the scene of a shooting at a free speech event in Copenhagen. EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday, March 12, 2015, were to be asked to decide that the passports of everyone leaving or entering the 26-nation Schengen area should be checked against databases to ensure they are not stolen, forged or void. The EU made fighting terrorism a top priority after the Jan. 7-9 attacks in Paris that claimed 17 victims. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling, File) DENMARK OUT

    FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo a police investigator works at the scene of a shooting at a free speech event in Copenhagen. EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday, March 12, 2015, were to be asked to decide that the passports of everyone leaving or entering the 26-nation Schengen area should be checked against databases to ensure they are not stolen, forged or void. The EU made fighting terrorism a top priority after the Jan. 7-9 attacks in Paris that claimed 17 victims. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling, File) DENMARK OUT  (The Associated Press)

Top European Union law enforcement officials are expected to agree on some quick fixes to make it tougher for terrorism suspects to travel abroad or return home unimpeded.

EU interior ministers, meeting Thursday in Brussels, are being asked to decide that the passports of everyone leaving or entering the 26-nation Schengen area should be checked against databases to ensure they are not stolen, forged or void.

The ministers are also expected to agree that individual travelers should be subjected to special scrutiny if they meet high-risk criteria that are still to be formulated.

The EU made fighting terrorism a top priority after the January attacks in Paris that claimed 17 victims. Latvia's interior minister, Rihards Kozlovskis, said Thursday that "terrorism still remains one of the biggest threats for our citizens."