March 26, 2004

A.M. Journal Express

BRUSSELS, Belgium | European Union leaders Thursday picked a former Dutch government official who was born in New York as the bloc's first anti-terror czar to bolster the continent's defense after the deadly Madrid train bombings.

Gijs de Vries will coordinate work done by the EU's foreign affairs and interior departments in an echo of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which was created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The leaders also will study ways to streamline the sharing of information on threat groups, but they stayed away from establishing a European intelligence agency modeled after the CIA, proposed by Austria.

Posted by gh at March 26, 2004 09:44 AM