Denmark is presently paying several ISIS fighters in Syria disability pensions and seems unable to legally withdraw this funding. This is direct payment to a terrorist organization from a European nation.
According to the Daily Caller, the Danish security services (PET) has been aware of these payments since at least 2014, but government legislation means they cannot deny disability payments even for terrorist fighters.
Employment Minister Troels Lund said:
“Staying in a war zone and directly or indirectly taking part in military operations is not something that is in any way compatible with receiving disability benefits.”
“The legislation does not give Payments Denmark the ability to stop payment of a pension simply because PET provides information that the recipient is participating in the fighting in Syria,” Payments Denmark’s deputy director Carsten Bodal told Berlingske. “The rules allow you to stop paying, for example, if the recipient is on the run from detention, or if they violate the general rule for international travel for early retirees.”
PET is now pushing for a parliamentary bill to make it possible to stop payments. Surely a sovereign nation can make the case that if they are well enough to actually fight in a war, then they are well enough to get a job and therefore cease payments.
Many are speculating as to how much power to stop payments resides within Brussels and the European Union.