Denmark Announces $150m Security Package and New Anti-Terror Initiatives

© REUTERS / Hannibal HanschkeDanish police investigate the area where an unattended package was found in front of a cafe in Oesterbro, Copenhagen February 17, 2015
Danish police investigate the area where an unattended package was found in front of a cafe in Oesterbro, Copenhagen February 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt presented a new 12-point plan to combat terrorism and defend Denmark against militants.

The Danish government announced Thursday that it will spend nearly one billion kroner ($148 million) over the next four years to better defend Denmark against terror.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt presented a new 12-point plan to combat terror.

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“Our security level is high. Preparedness is high. But we are also challenged. Militant Islamists are constantly developing new ways of challenging our security,” the PM said at a press conference where she was joined by her ministers of justice, defense and the interior.

The 12 point plan entitled, ‘A strong defense against terror’ features 12 initiatives ranging from anti-radicalization efforts in the nation’s prisons to improved data gathering on airline passengers and increasing security abilities for both the police and security agency PET.

The prime minister stressed that the government will defend Denmark and ensure that the safety of residents is prioritized.  She added that new challenges require new tools, referring to the recent terror attacks in Europe.

The initiatives include 12 points which are: government will provide 200 million kroner to improve surveillance capabilities, another 150 million kroner for increased IT and analysis.

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There would be an expansion of bodyguard corps, also gathering of information on airline passengers, research into the possible registration of calling cards.

The government will also invest 415 million kroner to the Danish Defense Intelligence Service for gathering and analyzing information on terror threats abroad.

Initiative also targets to reinforce efforts against Danish extremists abroad, develop PET’s Special Forces unit, improve efforts of Danish National Police, and prevent radicalization in correctional institutions.

The initiative also aims to strengthened preventive efforts in the Middle East and North Africa and to evaluate Denmark’s terror-fighting efforts.




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