Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
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Thursday, 25 March 2004

EU appoints anti-terrorism coordinator (aka 'terror tsar')

Mr Gijs De Vries, deputy interior minister of The Netherlands between 1998 and 2002, has been named to this new position, reporting to the Council of Ministers through Javier Solana, the EU's foreign policy and security chief. The bare bones of Mr De Vries's job description do not really give much of an idea, certainly to the ordinary person, of what precisely he will be doing so I will wait awhile before making any comment about the utility of his role. It seems to me it could either be extremely useful, or a recipe for yet more bureaucracy and open to the conflicting political agendas of the more powerful EU members - I hope it is the former.

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