The European Union’s counter-terrorism co-ordinator, Gijs de Vries,
has met members of the Chartered Institute of Journalists to brief them
on the threat of terrorism.
De Vries said journalists had a vital
role in the global war against terrorism, and one of his primary tasks
was to ensure they knew and understood the background to terrorism and
what the EU could and could not do about it.
“It is our job to
support and organise co-operation between the police and security in
member states to reduce threat, vulnerability and the consequences of
the type of attack we have seen in London,” he said. “We have already
set up the European Arrest Warrant, which will speed up the extradition
of suspects, and are encouraging the development of a global database
of lost and stolen passports.”