The level of terrorist threat in Europe “is still high, representing the most serious threat since September 11, and I fear that a new attack in Europe might happen in the future.” Rob Wainwright, Europol Chief, expressed this conviction at the EU Parliamentary Committee for the control over the implementation of the Schengen Agreement, Europol’s supervisory activities,
“We are facing the most serious terrorist threat since 2011 – he explained -. We knew since January that Isis had established a new command structure in Syria to carry out attacks abroad. A new attack in Europe is still possible. We are following several investigation trails, but we do not have any specific indications of threat in Italy”.
Wainwright also provided data concerning migrant trafficking. Criminal networks had a turnover between 3 and 6 billion euros in 2015. In Europe, this illicit market shows the most significant growth. Last year there was an unprecedented flow of refugees and 90% of them had used illegal services that facilitated their journey to Europe. This means that “the criminal activities of the traffickers is the heart of the problem and must be also the core of our reaction.”
“We have identified 40 thousand human traffickers – the Europol chief said -. There are multinational groups, which come from the migrants’ countries of origin, such as Syria, but also from countries of transit, such as Turkey, and from European states. The lack of cooperation of the countries from which migrants depart, such as Syria, renders our response to these groups is less efficient.”