Europe facing most serious terror threat in more than a DECADE, Europol warns

EUROPE faces the most serious terror threat in more than a DECADE, the director of the continent’s security agency has warned.

Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, said more integration across the European Union, Norway and Switzerland was needed to share information on jihadis waging terror across the continent.

Speaking to nearly 100 high ranking security officials from the 28 EU states, Norway and Switzerland at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Mr Wainwright said: “Europe is facing the most serious terrorist threat for over ten years.

“The increasing transnational nature of terrorist groups and their activities demand ever closer collaboration between relevant law enforcement authorities across Europe.

“The European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) has been established at Europol for this purpose.

“I am pleased by the confidence expressed in the work of this centre by the police chiefs meeting in Berlin and by their clear commitment to enhance collaboration efforts even further.”

Mr Wainwright, the last Briton destined to hold the post, also stressed the importance of the UK staying in or committed to Europol after Brexit.

Speaking on Thursday, he told Sky News: “I have seen how threats of terrorism and organised crime have become much more global and how the need therefore for greater international police co-operation is absolutely essential to keeping us safe.

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Nearly 100 officials gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the German capital

“Mechanisms such as Europol provide an important part of the way in which the law enforcement community in Britain and other countries around Europe can discharge those responsibilities.

“It is important for Britain to get this right. It is about the security of the country. Not just the security of Britain, but of Europe.”

In response to ISIS terror attacks in Paris, Nice and Berlin, Europol said the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) could influence national government’s counter-terrorism strategies and best practice for police responses to terror attacks.

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