Fighting terrorism and violent extremism involves more than surveillance and security. The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) brings together practitioners from around Europe working on the prevention of radicalisation.
Terrorism does not stop at national borders; neither should efforts to undermine the recruitment of future terrorists.
The most effective prevention strategies stop people from getting involved in violent extremism or acts of terrorism in the first place.
RAN is a network of frontline or grassroots practitioners from around Europe who work daily with people who have already been radicalised, or who are vulnerable to radicalisation. Practitioners include police and prison authorities, but also those who are not traditionally involved in counter-terrorism activities, such as teachers, youth workers, civil society representatives, local authorities representatives and healthcare professionals.
In RAN Working Groups, frontline practitioners may share their extensive knowledge and first-hand experience with one another, and peer review each other’s practices. RAN is also a platform for the world of practitioners, researchers and policy makers to pool expertise and experience to tackle radicalisation.
The RAN Centre of Excellence uses its expertise to guide the RAN Working Groups. It also supports the EU and individual countries when requested to do so and disseminates key knowledge gathered.
RAN Centre of Excellence is funded by the Internal Security Fund – Police.
The European Commission's Communication on Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism as well as the European Agenda on Security provide the policy framework for the EU's prevention policies.