EurActiv.com

EU news and policy debates across languages

23/07/2016

Commission calls for closer cooperation between EU countries after Brussels terror attacks

Justice & Home Affairs

Commission calls for closer cooperation between EU countries after Brussels terror attacks

Kristalina Georgieva

“The Commission staff are ready to contribute to the fight in Europe against what has become so frequently an enormous stress for our people,” said EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva.

Georgieva’s comments come after 32 people were killed and up to 270 injured in two suicide bombing attacks which struck Brussels’ airport and a metro station close to several EU institutions on Tuesday.

In a joint press conference with Georgieva, Migration Commissioner Dimitrios Avramopoulos called for a European response to terrorism, as “the events in Brussels show once against that we absolutely need more coordination and more information and intelligence sharing.”

EU officials led by Jean-Claude Juncker were joined by king Philippe and his wife, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to hold a minute of silence for the victims of the terror attacks.