Belgian transport minister resigns after EU airport security criticized

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Published 15.04.2016 12:57
Updated 15.04.2016 12:59
Belgian Minister of Mobility Jacqueline Galant gestures during a plenary session of the Chamber at the federal parliament, in Brussels, Thursday 14 April 2016 (AFP Photo)
Belgian Minister of Mobility Jacqueline Galant gestures during a plenary session of the Chamber at the federal parliament, in Brussels, Thursday 14 April 2016 (AFP Photo)

Belgium's transport minister has resigned after a secret European Union report detailing lapses in airport security oversight was leaked in the wake of the March 22 bombings at Brussels Airport and subway.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said Friday that, after talks with Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant, "the minister presented her resignation to the King and the King accepted it."

The confidential EU document from last year was made public by two Belgian opposition parties. It says the oversight of security measures at the nation's airports was flawed and cited serious deficiencies in the way safety checks are managed.

The revelations came after the March 22 attacks in Brussels killed 32 victims, including 16 at the national airport. The Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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