Europol opens new counterterrorism center in The Hague

Jan

26

2016

Europol opens today the new European Counter Terrorism Centre, which is to play a central role in the exchange of information between EU Member States. The center must ensure that action can be taken at coordinated terrorist threats.

europol Plans for such a center have long been in the making, and have been boosted by the attacks in Paris, so enables commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos. Europol refers either explicitly to this event. The ECTC must avoid this kind of new threats, encouraging the exchange of information between EU Member States.

It should be made ​​use of existing databases and tools such as the Europol Information System and the Siena system. At some point there must also recover direct access to the PNR database, which allows the flight of European citizens saved can be. The proposal for this system was agreed on December 2 and the European Parliament will soon vote on it.

The center will also support and coordination tasks take on under the leadership of Manuel Navarrete Paniagua, a senior member of the Spanish police.

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