Local anti-terrorism body gets EUR 1.6m
The funding is a fourfold increase as compared with 2007.8 April 2008
BELGIUM - The Threat Analysis Coordination Body (OCAD) is to receive EUR 1.6 million from the Federal Government. This is a fourfold increase in funding compared with 2007.
OCAD correlates information supplied by the police and security services and asses the level of terrorist threat faced by Belgium.
Last year was the OCAD's first year of service and the body was given EUR 400,000 in funding. This has now been increased to EUR 1.6 million.
The four-fold rise is mainly needed to pay for a big increase in staff. However, investments are also to be made in OCAD's IT system.
OCAD's Deputy-Director Luc Verheyden told journalists that "as a result of the increase in staff numbers and the widening of our remit, we need to upgrade our datebase and our IT system".
[flandersenews.be / Expatica]