EU confirms Belgium's de Kerchove as new anti-terror chief

September 19, 2007 14:11


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The European Union confirmed Belgian EU official Gilles de Kerchove as the bloc's new anti-terror coordinator on Wednesday, six months after the post fell vacant. De Kerchove's appointment came a day after European Union justice and interior ministers agreed to revamp the position, in part because of concern about gaps in efforts to coordinate security policy among the 27 EU nations. "Recent events show that we must never relax in preventing and fighting terrorism," said a statement from Javier Solana, the EU's foreign and security policy chief. De Kerchove has been handling police and judicial cooperation policy issues at EU headquarters. He worked closely with the man he replaces, Gijs de Vries, a Dutch politician, who stepped down in March. De Vries was appointed in the wake of the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

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