9-Nov-2010 11:17 AM

EU ministers agree more cargo security required

European Union members' (08-Nov-2010) home affairs ministers held a meeting at Brussels and set up an expert group to prepare specific recommendations to tighten aviation security measures (The Star Online, 08-Nov-2010). Belgium said the threat of further attacks required a coordinated approach with Home Affairs Minister, Annemie Turtelboom stating: "If you look at what happened in recent weeks, it is fair to say there is still a threat. We have been lucky the attacks were successfully thwarted." The expert group will draw up proposals by 02-Dec-2010 to be discussed by EU transport and interior ministers. Germany proposed an increased coordination of security checks and a blacklist of airports.