Belgium urges EU adopt anti-terrorism plans
15 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Foreign Minister Patrick Dewael has urged EU member states to initiate the previously agreed anti-terror measures and to not overreact after the London terrorist bombings.
15 July 2005
BRUSSELS — Foreign Minister Patrick Dewael has urged EU member states to initiate the previously agreed anti-terror measures and to not overreact after the London terrorist bombings.
"We have no need for overreacting or a new packet of measures, but we do need the logical implementation of earlier decisions," Dewael told Parliament on Thursday.
Dewael's comments were aimed primarily at Britain and France, newspaper 'De Morgen' reported on Friday.
The federal Parliament held a mini debate about the war against terror on Thursday in response to the London terrorist bombings.
Both Dewael and Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx informed MPs about the emergency anti-terror meeting EU ministers held on Wednesday.
And Dewael took the opportunity to push the pro-Europe cause: "Justice and safety are an excellent chance to convince some about further European integration," he said.
The Liberal VLD minister was referring to the attitudes of some member states who are now calling out for new measures despite the fact they have failed to implement the steps taken after the Madrid train bombings last year.
Just three countries have sent a communicating officer to Europol in The Hague.
"We can only strengthen the battle against terrorism if the various countries want to co-operate."
Dewael said he hopes London will reduce its isolationism and criticised France for demanding new security measures despite refusing Belgian police officers to operate across the border because it contravenes the French Constitution.
Both Dewael and Onkelinx said Belgium has done well by implementing various anti-terror measures.
These include the European arrest mandate, combating terrorist financing, strengthening the security service VS and prosecution office and drawing up of a plan to combat radicalism.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news