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High Level Conference 2013

The Commission hosted a High-Level Conference on 29 January 2013 in Brussels to bolster the EU and Member States' efforts to broaden engagement to prevent violent extremism and support local actors to build more resilient societies. Ministers and other high level policy makers were invited to discuss several aspects of radicalisation with RAN members. The overarching theme of the Conference was "empowering local actors to prevent violent extremism".

The main topics that were addressed in the plenary sessions and discussed in more detail during parallel break-out sessions were:

  1. Role of local actors in preventing violent extremism;
  2. Role of Diasporas in the process of violent extremism and their engagement in its prevention;
  3. Communication on violent extremism, and counter-messaging via Internet.

All working groups of the RAN were present and interacted with the policy makers.

The day before, on 28 January 2013, the RAN Plenary of all RAN members and participants was held.

Ultimately, the outcomes from the event will help to shape and inform the development of new EU policy recommendations for 2013.

In the preparation of the High Level Conference, all working groups produced policy recommendations. The elaboration of such recommendations is an important aim of all working groups meetings.

Policy documents

Discussion paper pdf - 248 KB [248 KB] français (fr) for the High Level Conference.

Policy recommendations for the High Level Conference:

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