Airport security and border police officials from across the European Union met in Sofia on Thursday for the first gathering of the bloc's newly created AIRPOL network aimed at improving cooperation.
The two-day talks of the European network of airport law enforcement services (AIRPOL), set up in December 2010, were expected to cover counter-terrorism, immigration issues, crowd control and incidents such as volcanic ash clouds.
A main task was also "to build an online platform for real-time exchange of information and good practices between all security related authorities," Bulgaria's deputy interior minister Dimitar Georgiev said.
AIRPOL is also expected to work in close cooperation with EU's law-enforcement agency, Europol, and EU's external border cooperation and management agency, Frontex.
by Sebastien Blanc
(c) 2011 AFP