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Club de Berne

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Members of the Counter Terrorism Group (CTG) after the United Kingdom left the European Union as of January 31, 2020

The Club de Berne (CdB) is an intelligence sharing forum between the intelligence services of the 27 states of the European Union (EU), Norway and Switzerland, named after the city of Bern. It is an institution based on voluntary exchange of secrets, experience and views as well as discussing problems.[1][2] Austria is excluded from the CdB because of its tolerance of espionage that does not target the country itself.[3] The Club has existed since 1971 and has no secretariat and takes no decisions.

The Counter Terrorism Group (CTG) is an offshoot of the Club and shares terrorism intelligence. It provides threat assessments to EU policy makers and provides a form for expert collaboration.[1][2] The Group was created after 9/11 to further intelligence sharing cooperation between European intelligence structures.[4] The CTG, like the Club, is outside of the EU's institutions but communicates with them via the participation of the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (EU INTCEN), a branch of the European External Action Service.[2] Although it is outside the EU, its presidency rotates inline with that of the EU Council presidency[4] and acts as a formal interface between the Club de Berne and the EU.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c “Club de Berne” meeting in Switzerland Archived 2011-05-10 at the Wayback Machine Swiss Federal Office of Police (28 April 2004)
  2. ^ a b c Rettman, Andrew (31 March 2011) EU commission keen to set up new counter-terrorism office, EU Observer
  3. ^ Jones, Sam (2023-07-13). ""It's really the Wild West": Vienna's spying problem spins out of control". Financial Times. Retrieved 2023-07-14.
  4. ^ a b European counter terrorism meeting, Archived 2011-06-11 at the Wayback Machine MI5