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EU Plans To Establish Counter-Terrorism Centre, Hungarian Commissioner Confirms

Tamás Székely 2015.06.01.

The European Commission (EC) plans to set up a centre for fighting terrorism as part of efforts to respond to growing fears of terrorism in Europe, Tibor Navracsics, a Hungarian EU commissioner, said at a roundtable event in Budapest. The counter-terrorism centre would work within the Europol in the framework of a Europe-wide national security cooperation initiative, Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, said.

IT companies would also be involved in cooperation on checking electronic data, he said at the event organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Hungary. One of the primary sources of security risk at the moment is illegal migration, and the EU has proposed a quota system to offset the excessive burden on some member states, which has been met with disapproval by some states, Navracsics said. Legal and illegal migrants and refugees are in separate categories and must be treated accordingly, Navracsics insisted. Policies on legal immigration definitely fall into the scope of national competencies, he added.

Unveiling the bloc’s security priorities for the next five years, EC First Vice President Frans Timmermans told AFP last week that most member states saw the need to work more closely despite the long-held principle whereby national security services give information to others only on condition they get something equally valuable in return. “We’re creating the centre to see whether the member states can come together more often and learn to work with each other on the basis of trust. But I’m not naive. That’s not going to happen overnight”, Timmermans said in the interview.

via and photo: MTI