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10/12/2016

Romanian president backs EU anti-terror agency

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Romanian president backs EU anti-terror agency

President Klaus Iohannis and Chancellor Angela Merkel following their meeting last week.

[Presidency of Romania]

Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis, has added his voice to the growing number of calls to establish a European anti-terror agency, after meeting the leaders of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. EurActiv Romania reports.

The proposed agency would take over the duties of existing institutions in the field and would be tasked with increasing security across Europe.

“I proposed a tangible measure, we will see how it is translated into practice, of creating a European agency to combat terrorism. It’s a real proposal that would include multiple authorities, tasked with preventing terrorism and increasing security within the EU,” Iohannis said after the meeting in Berlin on Friday (9 September).

“When we talk about an issue that is fundamental to national security like this, we have to consider the two aspects: external security and increasing control of the EU’s external borders, and internal security and preventing acts of terrorism. Unfortunately, we have had too many of these,” Iohannis added.

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Romania’s head of state was meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg in preparation for the informal European Council summit in Bratislava this week.

Julian King , the UK’s incoming and potentially last European Commissioner, has been earmarked to head up the security union portfolio and would most likely be heavily involved with the creation of such an agency.

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Numerous terrorist attacks in Western Europe have led to a growing number of calls for a European security agency to be established, which would focus more on terrorism than Europol, which was established to combat fraud and organised crime.

The relative lack of executive authority wielded by Europol has also been criticised and a new authority would likely be given more scope to carry out arrests and investigations.