03 APR 2011
SENIOR Eurocrats are plotting to set up a new European Union counter-terrorism agency that could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds.
And critics warned last night the body could turn into a Europe-wide secret police force that would be “like the KGB”.
The move is also likely to infuriate MI5 and MI6 chiefs as British spies could be forced to share intelligence with European agents.
EU counter-terrorism director Olivier Luyckx envisages the new organisation working alongside the EU’s vast new diplomatic corps, headed by foreign affairs supremo Baroness Cathy Ashton.
He raised the proposal in the European Parliament in Brussels earlier this week.
Mr Luyckx called for a series of existing EU security agencies including Europol, Eurojust, Cosi, Frontex and Cepol to be pulled together in one body with sweeping powers.
Mr Luyckx said: “There is new room for action at EU level. This is how I see the change: To set up a system that would mirror the one that is being set up for monitoring external crises, a one-stop shop for information-sharing.”
UK Independence Party Euro MP Godfrey Bloom said: “My worry is that it would be less like America’s CIA and more like Russia’s KGB.”
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