In recent years the Belgian has played a crucial role in the fight against terrorism in Europe. At a news conference in Brussels on Monday he attempted to draw up an inventory of European attempts to combat terrorism. De Kerchove's message was an optimistic one. The EU's Counter-terrorism Coordinator believes that attacks on the scale and of the sophistication of those committed on 9 September 2001 are probably no longer feasible.
He pointed to the far-reaching co-operation between police forces and the judicial authorities, not only in Europe, but across the globe. The Counter-terrorism Co-ordinator believes that the world has become a safer place. Terrorism motivated by fundamentalist Islam may be on the wane, De Kerchove warned that the terrorist threat should not be underestimated: "Terrorism has many faces. Witness the recent attacks in Norway."