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The European Union is launching new anti-terrorism projects with Muslim countries and increasing its intelligence sharing in the aftermath of deadly attacks in France and violent confrontations in Belgium.
EU foreign ministers met Monday in Brussels with the Arab League's secretary general, Nabil Elaraby. Afterwards, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the EU will be sharing information on suspected terrorists and possible attacks with many countries throughout the Arab world, Africa and Asia.
"We took a decision within the Foreign Affairs Council to coordinate in a much more active way than it has been the case so far," said Mogherini.
“Each of the countries have slightly different ways of doing counter-terrorism work generally. Whether it is the remit of the police, or the gendarmerie, or the Justice Ministry. So that creates a whole host of issues for the European Union in generating a coordinated response.”
She said coordination would be a slow process.
Britain is backing plans for new databases to monitor all air travel in or out and within Europe in order to track terror suspects in the wake of the Paris attacks and last week's dismantling of a terrorist group with links to Islamic State in Belgium.
A new era of travel surveillance is expected to be introduced after the attacks which has reinforced concerns that the EU’s free movement zone makes it harder for security services keep an eye on jihadists with links to Syria or Iraq.