EU ministers calls for closer security cooperation to combat terrorism

BRUSSELS, March 24 (KUNA) — EU interior and justice ministers ended a three-hour crisis meeting here Thursday night merely repeating calls for closer security cooperation and better and improved exchange of information.
Speaking at a press conference after the meeting EU Commissioner for home affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, complained of lack of trust among the EU member states.
“Words and commitment mean very little if they are not applied. I am afraid there is a lack of political will, lack of coordination and most important in some cases lack of trust,” he lamented.
He called for improvement on exchange of information and for implementation of measures that have already been agreed to combat terrorism.
“Political decisions were taken why were they not implemented,” he asked, adding that tools are useless if they are not put to proper use.
The ministers issued a 10-point declaration urging combined national European efforts to urgently investigate the networks involved in the Paris and Brussels attacks and for the adoption of the Passenger Name Record legislation by the European Parliament in April.
The declaration called for further cooperation in counter terrorism between the EU and Turkey and the countries of North Africa, the Middle East and the Western Balkans. It also called for countering the rhetoric of the so-called Islamic State in particular through communication strategies.
The emergency European ministerial meeting was called in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels that killed over 30 people and injured more than 200 others. (end) nk.ibi