European Union justice and interior ministers have agreed on a counter-terrorism strategy aimed at preventing recruitment by terrorist groups.

EU top anti-terror official Gijs de Vries says Europe faces a dual threat - from outsiders coming to Europe and from people who live on the continent.

The new strategy's objectives include protecting potential targets, pursuing and investigating suspects, and improving EU capability to respond to terrorist attacks. The plan covers everything from Internet sites promoting extremist Islamic ideas to fostering better community relations with Muslim groups. It also calls for better police cooperation and stepped-up security at ports of entry.

Thursday's agreement comes as Belgian investigators charged five people with involvement in a network that sent volunteers to Iraq. The volunteers included a young Belgian woman, Muriel Degauque, who blew herself up in a failed attack on U.S. troops near Baghdad last month.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.