About: Gilles de Kerchove

Digital & Media 22-02-2021

Increased online criminality makes e-Evidence rules urgent: EU terrorism chief

The acceleration of online criminality, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, has underlined the need to adopt new EU rules on the cross-border transmission of digital evidence, the bloc's counter-terrorism chief has told EURACTIV.

Under Dutch and Danish pressure, EU hits Iran with sanctions after murder plots

The EU hit Iran’s intelligence services with sanctions on Tuesday (8 January) after accusing Tehran of being behind plots to assassinate regime opponents on Dutch, Danish and French soil. The move by the 28-nation bloc was announced as the Dutch government said it...
Enlargement 01-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Erdogan is bad for everyone

He never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. So went the Abba Eban-penned 1973 slogan used to describe the late PLO chief, Yasser Arafat, who was routinely blamed for failing to secure peace with Israel.
Gilles de Kerchove, European Counter-Terrorism Coordinator [Security & Defence Agenda / Flickr]
Politics 28-08-2017

Terrorists can’t access weapons, EU anti-terrorist coordinator says after Spain attacks

The European Union's anti-terrorist coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said that the "modus operandi" of the cell that acted in Catalonia underlines the achievements of law enforcement in Spain and the EU in preventing terrorists from accessing firearms. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Politics 07-04-2017

EU starts systematic checks at external borders today

Europeans will face systematic checks at the external borders of the EU's Schengen area beginning on Friday (7 April) under legislation designed to tackle "foreign fighters" returning from Iraq and Syria.
Politics 23-03-2017

Commissioner warns of ‘growing menace’ of right-wing terrorism in EU

EXCLUSIVE/ EU Security Commissioner Julian King warned of the ‘growing menace’ of violent, right-wing extremism, as a possible backlash against the ongoing attacks by jihadists.

EU leaders silent on growing risk of an ISIS chemical attack

Plans to address the risk of a terrorist attack with non-conventional weapons are not part of the EU summit on 17-18 December, despite the growing risk of a such an attack by ISIS on European soil, according to analysts and EU institutions.

Paris attacks give EU leaders excuse to get tough on refugees

Reports of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night's attacks may change attitudes towards migrants across Europe. The EURACTIV network reports.
Digital & Media 22-01-2015

EU anti-terrorism chief: Communications should be accessible to security services

The European Union should consider forcing Internet firms to help security services tap into coded emails and calls as part of a new strategy to combat militant attacks, the EU counter-terrorism coordinator says.

Paris to hold emergency summit of European Ministers

European and American Home Affairs Ministers will assemble in Paris on Sunday 11 January, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, for an emergency meeting on counter-terrorism measures. EURACTIV France reports
Gilles de Kerchove, European Counter-Terrorism Coordinator [Security & Defence Agenda / Flickr]

EU anti-terror chief warns of Al Qaeda resurgence in Europe

Wary of being upstaged by even more ruthless Islamic State fighters, Al Qaeda may try to demonstrate its relevance by carrying out attacks in Europe, the United States or Israel, the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator said on Wednesday (24 September).