France, Belgium boost intelligence collaboration

France and Belgium increase intelligence sharing as fears of security threats heighten across Europe

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Fears of security threats have been heightened across Europe after Paris attacks on November 13.

A French government source reported on Monday evening that France and Belgium aim to boost intelligence collaboration alongside nine other European states, mostly concerning the terrorist threat in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.   

Both of the two countries agreed to "launch an initiative" during their meeting at the UN climate summit in Paris on Monday, which includes harmonising and systemising how information on individuals deemed as threats is shared between countries in the 26-nation, passport-free Schengen zone, according to a French premier's source.   

Fears of security threats have been heightened across Europe following the killing of at least 130 people in Paris last month by terrorists, many of whom came from neighbourhoods of the Belgian capital.   

The Paris Attacks claimed by DAESH have also generated questions on how to track and control people arriving from Syria in the wake of Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.

The European Commission has suggested the idea of a pan-EU intelligence agency, similar to the FBI in United States, to boost security across Europe.

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