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Austria Establishes Imam Registry

Austria has now established a registry among Muslim Imams, following the recent Vienna terror attack in November.

Austria has now established a registry among Muslim Imams, following the recent Vienna terror attack in November.

The country has also urged the European Union to do the same. 

Austria’s Minister for European Affairs Karoline Edtstadler said in an interview, “Most imams move through many EU countries, so the security authorities need to know who is preaching what in which mosque at any given time.” 

Edtstadler also said that funds in the EU must be “so strictly controlled in the future that they do not go to organizations and associations that advocate Islamist and anti-Semitic positions.”

The minister also wants enhanced cooperation including the data exchanges between judicial and security authorities among EU countries, to combat terrorism.

On November 2, a 20-year-old Islamic State sympathizer went on a shooting spree which killed four people and injured 23 others. 

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