…our security services need to work together much more closely. Following the attacks in Paris, it’s been reported the French security services currently employ about 3,000 counter-intelligence personnel. Yet they are trying to monitor 5,000 suspected terrorists and it takes on average 25 people to provide complete surveillance per suspect. It doesn’t take a mathematician to realise the flaws in this…The European Union has an agency responsible for satellite navigation systems. It has an agency responsible for the development of fusion energy. What we don’t have is a European agency capable of sharing intelligence.
…The reality is that terrorists know no borders, while our 28 national state security agencies cannot cross borders.
—Last of all, Europe must act,…to secure its external borders. This can be achieved by developing a European coastguard and border protection force. The European commission has a plan; it needs to be implemented now. No one should be allowed into Europe until they are registered and at least a basic background check has been completed…We must also take forward proposals to provide legal routes for third country nationals who want to come and work in Europe, so we can control migratory flows.
“Guy Verhofstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium, is leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European parliament”