Belgian heads EU anti-terrorism office

BRUSSELS – High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy for the EU Javier Solana has appointed Belgian official Gilles de Kerchove d’Ousselghem as the new anti-terrorism coordinator for the EU. De Kerchove must coordinate the European Council’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and continue the implementation of European anti-terror strategy. “I am certain that Gilles de Kerchove will bring added value to the Council’s work in this important domain,” Solana said. The function of anti-terrorism coordinator was created after the attacks in Madrid in 2004. One of the coordinator’s tasks is to improve cooperation among the member states.