All states need anti-terrorism centres

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13 July 2005AMSTERDAM — EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini has proposed that all member states set up national centres to coordinate the fight against terrorism and the people who fund such attacks.

13 July 2005

AMSTERDAM — EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini has proposed that all member states set up national centres to coordinate the fight against terrorism and the people who fund such attacks.

The Netherlands already has a national coordinator for anti-terrorism but many other countries do not.

Frattini unveiled the proposal on Wednesday in the run up to a special meeting of European justice and home affairs ministers that was arranged in response to the bomb attacks in London last week.

The European Commissioner from Italy has indicated it is time for all member states to comply with their duty to battle terrorism effectively.

"We may even have to start naming the states in future," Frattini warned. He declined at this stage to identify the countries he feels are not doing enough.

On Wednesday afternoon, the ministers began discussing the British desire to allow the police to retain data from telephone, internet and mail intercepts for longer.

The European Parliament and MPs in national parliament have already expressed concerns this will lead to serious invasions of privacy.

Dutch news agency ANP reported that definite decisions are not expected to emerge from Wednesday's meeting.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, European news

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