EU ministers agree on new anti-terrorism chief

Brussels (dpa) – EU government ministers have agreed to appoint a new anti-terrorism coordinator tasked with improving cooperation with EU institutions and among member states in a concerted bid to thwart further terrorist attacks on the 27-member bloc, sources in Brussels said. The appointment, whose official announcement was said to be “imminent”, was set to end six months of disagreements over the exact scope and nature of the job. According to information obtained by Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, the new coordinator will be Gilles de Kerchove d’Ousselghem, a high- ranking Belgian bureaucrat working for the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs directorate.