Budapest, May 29 (MTI) – The European Commission plans to set up a centre for fighting terrorism as part of efforts to respond to growing fears of terrorism in Europe, Tibor Navracsics, a Hungarian EU commissioner, said at a roundtable event on Friday.
The counter-terrorism centre would work within the Europol in the framework of a Europe-wide national security cooperation initiative, Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, said.
IT companies would also be involved in cooperation on checking electronic data, he said at the event organised in Budapest by the Representation of the European Commission in Hungary.
One of the primary sources of security risk at the moment is illegal migration, and the EU has proposed a quota system to offset the excessive burden on some member states, which has been met with disapproval by some states, Navracsics said.
Legal and illegal migrants and refugees are in separate categories and must be treated accordingly, Navracsics insisted. Policies on legal immigration definitely fall into the scope of national competencies, he added.
Navracsics also addressed the EC’s country-specific recommendations to Hungary, which focus on the need to integrate the Roma population especially with view to their participation rate in higher education. He said school drop-out rates among the Roma were still extremely high. The commission recommended the strengthening of gap-reducing programmes and enhanced positive discrimination in higher education and vocational training.