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One of the greatest reasons to have a EU Passenger Name Record agreement is that we need to have some common standards and protections in place for the citizens.
Our proposal, alongside Europol, is to create EurIntel. Something at the European level, which could gather and analyse information regarding facts and terrorist attacks.
We also want to improve the exchange of information via Europol and we are really pressing for the implementation of the Passenger Name Record agreement.
We need an effective Europol, an effective Eurojust so that our police forces and our judiciaries are working together, we even need a European FBI if we're going to be serious in the fight against terrorism and other forms of organised crime. I don't want the US to have the lead … I think Europe needs its own policy.
All the sources indicate that the threat of new terrorists attacks continues to be high. Our Member States' authorities have been able to prevent a number of attacks for which we must be very grateful.
It's the most popular tool but other tools will be used. Even if they are getting radicalised by social media you still have to travel there [to Syria] and there has to be a network for that. With the internet there's the possibility to get to hundreds of people. Many more people can be radicalised.
The idea of a lone wolf narrative is not true – you don't go online to buy a pair of shoes and then become radicalised. The first contact is a real world contact, like someone in your community or something in the media. After that people go online in a vacuum and search for the message they want.
In the past there were preachers who reached out and they had maybe eight or 10 followers. But with the internet there's the possibility to get to hundreds of people. Many more people can be radicalised.
I would try and explain that negative messages are not the way forward – we should be better at engaging and realise the extremist propaganda does have a counter narrative.
Governments have been slow in taking social media seriously as a tool that is legitimate and they are at a loss [at how to react]. They tend to target organisations – such as Twitter – but you're attacking the system and not the root cause.
With the Treaty of Lisbon, Eurojust will have the power to decide, to initiate investigations and prosecutions. This is a significant change. The second one, Eurojust will coordinate these actions of different national authorities.
What duties and operations does the European police agency Europol carry out in fighting cross-border crime?
Mostly it is not the ones who want to have a cheap holiday. It is organised crime, it is also offered in an organised way to criminals and what we see in the records that we have, the databases of Europol, it is possible to also identify organsied crime. Be it drugs trafficking, illegal immigration, fraud committed, so these are also the criminals themselves using the system.
The failed attack in Germany, and the London blasts demostrate that Islamist terrorists also still aim at mass casualties. A total of more than 700 individuals suspected of terrorist offences were arrested in 15 member states in the year 2006.
In order to return to its main duty – which is to uncover and fight crime and focus on law enforcement – our police force needs training. This is going very well in Afghanistan and abroad. At home, we have one police academy. We have police training centres in the provinces and we have a staff college. In Kabul, we have the security command training centre, and soon we'll open the first police academy for women, in Bamian province with help from Europol.
With the development of football and the development of betting activities around football, that brought into play a lot of money and people interested by that money. But we cannot lead the investigation with our UEFA employees any more, we need a police, people taking care of that. I have been asking for that since 2007, as I became President, I wanted to have a Sports Police.