ON THE ROAD - BELGIUM
PROTECTING CITIZENS NEEDS MORE POLICE COOPERATION AND DATA EXCHANGE
Protecting our borders and having cross-border police cooperation is key. My visit in Eupen coincided with the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Belgium in 2016. Our support for terrorist victims is strong, and we continue to fight for them to make sure they get the support they need.
We need more police cooperation and data exchange between national authorities, to protect citizens against terrorism and organised crime. In this context, I attended a very interesting presentation of EPICC, the Euregio Police Information & Cooperation Centre.
Border regions are often overlooked in national and European legislation. We need to change this and make the lives of people living and working in these regions easier. Police cooperation at the border is very important: we as the EPP have always provided, and will continue to provide, our security agency EUROPOL with all the resources and staff needed to combat organised crime.
Regional cooperation in border regions is only the start for a more ambitious European approach. The idea of cooperation starts here. Europe must support these regions in every way possible.
In Eupen I also visited the Oncology Department of the “St. Nikolaus-Hospital”. I had the chance to share views and opinions with the medical director and hospital manager on the challenges in modern oncology.