Towards a European Intelligence Agency? Could EU + Intelligence = Oxymoron????


Guest Blog from Diane James MEP

In the wake of the Paris massacre, true to form, the EU decided it knows best and the European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, called for the setting up of a European Intelligence Agency (EIA) as the means to combat terrorism.

Some commentators even applauded this initiative……It’s all part of “ever closer union” was the joyous cry from dedicated Europhiles. Fortunately, however, a number of the larger EU members have rejected the idea immediately.

What Mr. Avtamopoulos didn’t realize is that the EU already has a body called the EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN). He can be forgiven for this, since in the words of the actor Sir Michael Caine, “Not many people know that”. INTCEN has existed under different names since 1999, but has been criticized For “an alarming lack of operational transparency and democratic accountability”. That is probably par for the course in the EU !!

INTCEN has a staff of 70 based within the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. The EEAS has a budget of some 1 billion euros and a total staff of 5000. The mission of INTCEN is to “provide intelligence analysis and situation awareness”. It does not have its own budget and it is not clear whether its work is of any use at all. Supposedly it produces occasional internal publications.

The EIA concept put forward by Mr. Avramopoulos fails on many grounds and would be a complete disaster. Not least, why would anyone wish to supercede or duplicate existing and working national intelligence agencies? These existing Intelligence Agencies may not be perfect, but they work in a very difficult and challenging environment of changing disparate threats and highly adaptive criminals and terrorists. Their records in combating these threats is of high order. The EU in contrast is a lumbering body that just loves to set up its own “branded” institutions, regardless of whether they stand a chance of working or being efficient and effective.

The UK is a member of a Group known as “Five Eyes”, which comprises intelligence sharing between the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This Group is a highly respected and valuable resource to the UK, and one in which we play a very strong role as a partner through the excellence and expertise of our own MI5, MI6 and particularly GCHQ.

If we in the UK were to join an EIA, we would potentially cut ourselves off from a resource of great security benefit. There is no way that our present security partners would consider sharing sensitive information with a rag tag and bobtail group of 28 states.

All of this is an example of ill-thought out EU “creep” towards “ever-closer union”, the misguided political mantra of the EU. It is also an example of another EU failing……the setting up of yet another body, when an existing one is not ideal for purpose and should first be considered for reform. Europol was set up to provide all the important exchange of information between police forces in the EU. Where does it stand in all of this? Deafening silence?

Given the existence of the EU’s Europol, set up to exchange and coordinate information related to crime and security, should we not start by setting up an independent review of how Europol is working and not working, in order to see how to optimize our information flows on threats by criminals and terrorists? We do not need yet more useless EU quangos !!

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9 Responses to Towards a European Intelligence Agency? Could EU + Intelligence = Oxymoron????

  1. Alan Wheatley says:

    If recollection serves me correct, I believe it has recently been explained (on the BBC I think) that EUROPOL does not have its own information sources and simply duplicates what it gets from Interpol.

  2. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Knee jerk abounds because no brains connect to control it…loadsa money!

  3. Derek says:

    I certainly do not want to see any EU force duplicating what is done in the UK. Let’s co-operate when it is in our interests by all means, but no signing up to any EU wide organisation.

  4. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Income Tax (any tax really)..explained by a dog:

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    just thought it funny…more like true!

  5. ian wragg says:

    Roger, as the sheeple in the EU become ever more restless, Brussels needs to have an intelligence agency as well as its own army.
    Not to counter any external threat but to subdue its own constituents. People are at last realising that many of their woes are as a direct consequence of EU policy ( UK flooding for example) and it won’t be long before there is civil strife within the USE.

  6. Ex-expat Colin says:

    movie time – its weather and it rains in UK quite a bit and is a historic fact

    I know its from Nigel Lawsons site and who believes that climate changes occur, another historic fact.

  7. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Paul Nuttal today on that widespread German problem: (attacks on women)

    Its not just females threatened is it! But it looks like top dog females causing it and not correcting it …correctly. Its not the Germany I once knew and that is a very big surprise to me.

    • Richard111 says:

      I am now very angry and thoroughly disgusted with the BBC!!!!!

      On radio 4 this morning here was a complete white wash of the Cologne disaster.

      They claimed those poor refugees could not help themselves!!!!!

      They come from lands where there is a shortage of women!!!!


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