A European intelligence agency would take too long to set up and distract from the urgent work currently needed to tackle terrorism, said the European Commission (...) Calls for an agency reappeared earlier this week when the EU commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said it would have helped prevent the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Belgium, France, Finland, Spain and the UK. Similar calls for the creation of an EU intelligence agency have also been made by the leader of the European Parliament's liberal group (Alde), Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt. But such plans are often seen as far-fetched given the secretive nature of national intelligence agencies and their reluctance to share information over broader fears it may get leaked, or disclose the sources.
Current efforts at the EU level however focus on "making the EU databases on security, border, and migration management, interoperable".
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Source: EU Observer
By NIKOLAJ NIELSEN