Mr Mark Singleton, the newly appointed Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague, visited Eurojust on 3 October.
Mr Singleton, who took up his post on 1 September 2014, met the President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, and discussed a number of matters of importance. The visit comes at a crucial time; the recent shooting in Brussels, the phenomenon of returning foreign fighters, and the sudden and swift rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, clearly demonstrate the need for a coordinated response.
On 5 June of this year, the phenomenon of foreign fighters returning from Syria and posing serious threats on European soil was discussed by leading counter-terrorism prosecutors at Eurojust’s meeting in The Hague. This meeting was the second held by Eurojust on the topic of returning foreign fighters in the space of one year, with the first held in June 2013.
Ms Coninsx will attend the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on 9 October, where Home Affairs ministers will debate the implementation of the EU priorities in combating serious and organised international crime. Ministers will be informed about the latest activities within the framework of the EU policy cycle and will be invited to exchange views on best practice and possible improvements in the fight against organised crime. Discussion is also expected regarding measures against foreign fighters.
The ICCT is an independent think tank and knowledge hub that focuses on information creation, collation and dissemination pertaining to the preventative and international legal aspects of counter-terrorism.
Ms Coninsx chairs Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team, a centre of expertise on terrorism. A recognised expert on counter-terrorism matters, Ms Coninsx was responsible for anti-terrorism relating to aircraft sabotage and hijacking for the International Civil Aviation Organisation for several years.
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