Extracts from the press conference by Cecilia Malmström ahead of the High Level Conference "Empowering local actors to counter violent extremism"
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/01/2013 First transmission: 28/01/2013
On 28 January 2013, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, held a press conference ahead of the High Level Conference "Empowering local actors to counter violent extremism".
How to sharpen Europe's tools to prevent violent extremism? The High Level Conference – to be held on 29 January 2013 in Brussels - aims to give the answers to this question, based on the work carried out by experts and practitioners in the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), launched by 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 by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH) saying that violent extremism represents one of the biggest threats to the security of the EU citizens; the terrorist menace has shifted away from organised groups to individuals, who are harder to detect, and whose actions are harder to predict; Breivik's horrible attack in Norway and the deadly Toulouse shooting are recent examples of the serious menace represented by extremists and lone wolves; in its most recent report on terrorism, Europol confirms a trend towards lone individuals being responsible for terrorist attacks.
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||SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH) saying that we have to become better at detecting and preventing these menaces; this is why the Radicalisation Awareness Network has been gathering the key actors involved in countering radicalisation across the EU; social workers, religious leaders, civil society groups, youth leaders, policemen, researchers, community leaders, NGOs and those who work on the ground in vulnerable communities have been working together sharing experiences and best practises; they have come back with clear recommendations.
||SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH) saying that the worrying trends that we are unfortunately witnessing have their roots in politics in many European countries; we see a growth of extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, hatred and nationalism; not since World War II have so many extremist political movements had a place in elected parliamentary assemblies.
||SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH) saying that we need European leaders to express their opposition to rising extremism; we must have the courage to stand up and know how we can address the problem; the work carried out by the RAN network is one important step in that direction.