Juncker to Meet With EU Counter-Terrorism Chief in SeptemberBy
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Europe’s counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, next month after offering the U.K.’s new commissioner a portfolio focusing on the fight against terror.
Juncker spoke with De Kerchove on Wednesday “to inform him about his announcement yesterday on the allocation, and about the Security Union portfolio as such, which he proposed for commissioner-designate Sir Julian King,” commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday. The U.K. named King as its member of the commission, the EU executive, after Jonathan Hill resigned in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.
De Kerchove and Juncker “agreed to remain in close contact and meet sometime in September,” Andreeva said.
King’s job will entail coordination efforts to fight terrorism by tracking returning fighters from the Middle East, boosting intelligence sharing among EU countries and stemming radicalization. His goal will be to implement the European Agenda on Security adopted in April of last year and refocused as a “security union” in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last November.
“As this is a new portfolio that complements existing portfolios, the responsibilities of the other commissioners remain untouched,” the Brussels-based commission said on Tuesday.