Migration and Home Affairs

Victims of Terrorism Working Group (RAN VoT)


Victims of terrorism (both people who have been targets of an attack and those who have lost a relative) are involuntary experts on the harm and suffering caused by violent extremism.

The RAN VoT Working Group's chief objective is to maintain the network of organisations of victims of terrorism and to organise remembrance ceremonies each year on 11 March, the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism.

Furthermore, RAN VoT will transmit the voices of the victims of terrorism as part of prevention efforts to counter radicalisation.


This handbook is a compilation of experiences shared during the RAN VVT meetings held from 2012 to 2015. All victims, victim organisations, practitioners and experts present at these meetings contributed to this handbook.

Handbook: Voices of victims of terrorism (also available in: Albanian | Macedonian | Serbian.)

EU Handbook on victims of terrorism

The EU Handbook on victims of terrorism, produced by the EU Centre of Expertise for Victims of Terrorism is published by the Commission. The Handbook aims to assist in the practical implementation of the EU legislation on the rights of victims of terrorism. It is based on lessons learned from responses to previous terrorist attacks. The Handbook is accompanied by a separate Annex, which focuses on useful, additional information (including elements not covered by the EU legislation).

Read the handbook (also available in German, French and Spanish)

More information about the Handbook


10 years of RAN ‒ Victims of terrorism

Create a design for Remembrance Day

The 16th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism

The Choir of the lycée Racine (from Paris) sang "Va pensiero, Nabucco" from Giuseppe Verdi, at 16th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism that took place on 11 March 2020, in Paris.

Tomas Frága’s testimony – a second chance to live

RAN met Tomas Frága, a survivor of the 2005 terrorist attack in Sharm el-Sheik. He has made a conscious decision not to be defined by what happened to him on that day.


Meet a RAN Practitioner #11 – Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc


Following RAN activities and Working Group meetings, an ex-post paper highlights lessons learned, insights and follow-up initiatives.


RAN VoTWorking Group leaders:

  • Ana Isabel Rodríguez Cordero, Spain
  • Philippe Vansteenkiste, Belgium

For the Working Groups contact points, please see the contacts page