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Reaction of Guy Verhofstadt to Jean-Claude Juncker’s intention


„The fact that Mr. Juncker has chosen to nominate a commissioner to coordinate anti-terrorism policies at a European level is definitely a good thing. I am also pleased to see that the commissioner’s task is thought through at an operational level and that a clear role has been carved out for him.

However, I would seriously question whether the nomination of the UK-commissioner for the Security Union is the right choice. The UK will soon start the process of leaving the European Union but, more importantly, the country has a long-standing opt-out from Justice and Home Affairs measures, the crucial policy area if one is serious about building a European anti-terrorism capacity. It would be odd to give such an important portfolio to someone who has no incentive to further the European interest in general or more specifically, to enhance the EU’s security capabilities.”

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