29/01/2013 at 12:00
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
On 29 January a High Level Conference attended by Ministers and experts will discuss the findings and policy recommendations presented by the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). The RAN gathers field workers, researchers, teachers, community leaders, religious and youth leaders who are working all over Europe to try to identify and help individuals who risk becoming radicalized and committing violent acts. Policy proposals include training local police to detect signs of radicalisation towards violent extremism; arrange de-radicalisation or exit programs for convicted extremists; help victims of terrorism sharing their stories as a power tool for prevention; engage former extremists to deconstruct violent extremist narrative and use resources from public-relations companies and film industry to support local actors in developing counter-narratives and help promote effective alternative messages online.
The High Level Conference will take place in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels. Media attendance is possible but strictly conditioned to registration. Attendance has been confirmed by Ministers from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway and Sweden.
Recognizing that radicalisation can be best contained at a level closest to the vulnerable individuals in the most affected communities, the Commission launched in September 2011 the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network – RAN (IP/11/1011). The RAN supports first-line local practitioners involved in countering violent extremism across the EU and facilitates the exchange of experiences and best practices amongst them. Preventing and addressing radicalisation are amongst the key objectives set in the Communication on the Internal Security Strategy adopted in 2010 (IP/10/1535 and MEMO/10/598).
On 28 January Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, will illustrate the issue in the press room at 12.00.
IP and MEMO will be available on 28 January.