The director of the European police agency said in a hearing at the Italian Parliament that the terror threat in Europe is at the highest levels since the attacks of September 11th 2001, and that another attack after those in Paris and Brussels is probable. Speaking with the Schengen Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Europol director Rob Wainwright said that "sadly, the terror threat level in Europe is still very high. I am afraid that we are facing the worst terrorist menace since September 11th 2001". "When we issued our latest report, last January, we knew that the Islamic State established a new external command facility in Syria, which has the objective of carrying out elaborated attacks against European cities", Wainwright added. "Then we witnessed those terrible attacks in Brussels, and I am afraid that a new attack in Europe is still probable in the near future", he then warned.
"Our number one priority as Europol is to identify other terror networks that might be still operating in Europe", also said Wainwright, who then spoke about the risks for Italy. "We are now working on several leads, but for the moment we don't have any information about a specific threat against Italy", he said. "I would like to spend some words about the excellent cooperation work we have made with Italy", Wainwright added. "In particular, we rely on the competence of out Italian colleagues on the trafficking of migrants and on the information that they share with us to monitor illegal activities tied to the attempts to reach Europe from external countries", he concluded.