High Level Conference on "Empowering local actors to prevent violent extremism": Midday statement by Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
End production: 28/01/2013 First transmission: 28/01/2013
How to sharpen Europe's tools to prevent violent extremism? A High Level Conference in Brussels on 29 January 2013 aims to give the answers to these questions, based on the work carried out by experts and practitioners in the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), launched by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström in 2011. Policy proposals include training local police to detect signs of radicalisation into violent extremism, and providing de-radicalisation or exit programs for members of extremist groups. By bringing together field workers with ministers, academia and local authorities, the conference aims to take the EU's work against extremism to a new level.
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||Arrival of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström: ''Violent extremism represents a big threat to EU citizens' security. The terrorist threat has in part shifted away from organised groups to individuals, who are harder to detect, and whose actions are harder to predict.
We all remember the horrible attacks in Norway. They are recent examples of the serious menace represented by extremist.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström: We have to become better at detecting and preventing this menaces. And that is why these radicalisation awareness network hs been gathering with key actors involved in counter radicalisation across the EU. It brings together the social workers, religious leaders, civil society, youth leaders, policemen, researchers, community leaders, NGO's and those who work on the ground in valuable communities. The have been working together sharing experiences, practices and now they come back to us with clear recommendations.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström: Not since World War II have extremist and populist forces had so much influence on national parliaments as they have today.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström: We need more European leaders to express their opposition to rising extremism. We must have the courage to stand up and protect our common European values