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Plenary – 21-22 October 2020, Online meeting

After 9 years of RAN, and with a network of over 6 000 first-line practitioners and 9 Working Groups, this year’s first ever online RAN Plenary was highly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic caused the RAN constituency to meet in a digital way and it also affected the topics that were discussed. Due to the pandemic, the root causes for radicalisation are growing and the landscape of extremism is rapidly changing. This also resonates in the topics and issues for 2021 mentioned during the Plenary.

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16th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism ‒ 11 March 2020

National initiatives

In Greece, the Ministry of Citizen Protection presented a logo created specifically for the European Remembrance Day of Victims of Terrorism.

The “Athanatos” (immortality in Greek) plant is together with the flame to symbolise the memory of the victims.

Read the press release

Read about the role of victims in the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism:

High-Level conference ‒ 04 November 2019, Brussels

The High-Level conference was held in Brussels on 4 November. It centred on the screening of Le Jeune Ahmed (Young Ahmed), a film by Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The film, which premiered in Cannes in May 2019, is about the radicalisation of a 13-year-old boy.

At the High-Level Conference, European first-line practitioners and high-ranking policymakers used the story in this film as the basis for their discussions.

In break-out sessions, practitioners were asked to answer the following question: Could things have gone differently, and if so, what would it require in terms of policy and practice?

Practitioners identified different themes in relation with the radicalisation’s process of the Young Ahmed:

  • Family & community
  • Ideology
  • Education
  • Disengagement and deradicalisation

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Plenary – 30 October 2019, Brussels

The Plenary was an opportunity for RAN Working Groups to discuss current developments in the field of prevention of radicalisation and to look ahead towards 2020.

Participants highlighted the following cross-cutting themes:

  • All forms of extremism (Islamist extremism, far-right extremism, far-left extremism, environmental extremism)
  • Rehabilitation efforts in and after prison
  • Lone actors and extremist online communities
  • Extremist Infiltration
  • Help the helper
  • Other topics (Transgenerational trauma, sports as a liaising mechanism, constant intertwining of the online and offline, collaborating with families).

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Podcast – Far-right extremism

RAN Plenary – 12 October 2018, Luxembourg

We met Torben Adams, Head of Division - International Corrections Cooperation, PCVE Unit, Advanced Staff Training (Bremen, Germany) Annie Devos, General Director of the “Maison de Justice” (Belgium), Finn Grav, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Prison and Probation Service (Norway) and Yola Wanders, Director of the Vught Prison (Netherlands) to discuss P/CVE oriented resocialisation after detention.

RAN High Level Conference – 11 October 2018, Luxembourg

RAN brought together more than 200 participants, including the European Commissioners, Ministers, senior officials of Member States and first-line practitioners to discuss ways forward to effectively tackle emerging and persisting challenges of radicalisation towards violent extremism and terrorism. The mentioned shifting threats for 2019 were child returnees and extremist offenders.

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King, hosted High-Level Conference (RAN HLC).

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RAN Plenary meeting – 15 November 2017, Brussels (Belgium)

During discussions on the year ahead, both practitioners and EU Member State representatives called for more early-stage prevention work, diversity of interventions to reflect the diversity in causes of radicalisation, as well as the inclusion of the policy-makers and the private sector in such efforts.

Plenary participants also highlighted sector-specific priorities, such as closer cooperation between the police, prison and probation sectors, and the involvement of mental health workers in prevention and deradicalisation initiatives.

Other priorities for 2018 included contact between first-line practitioners and the families of foreign terrorist fighters, working with the children of returnees, engagement with (religious) communities – by policy-makers as well as practitioners, polarisation, multi-agency approaches, and greater engagement with researchers.

Responses to returning terrorist fighters and their families – 19 June, Brussels, Belgium

EU citizens have been returning from territories controlled by Daesh and other terrorist organisations for some time now. Some are battled hardened combatants, while others are disillusioned teenagers. Among those returning are increasing numbers of children, some of them born abroad.

The RAN conference on responses to these returnees on 19 June in Brussels, brought together policy-makers, academics and practitioners – from prison wardens and teachers to police officers and social care workers – to discuss the problems posed. Participants also welcomed the manual prepared by the RAN Centre of Excellence on responses to returnees and their families. The manual offers guidance to practitioners and EU Member States on this issue, and shares practices and case studies from around Europe.

13th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism - March 2017

The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism was established after the Madrid Bombings in 2004. Each year since 2005, the European Commission remembers the victims of terrorist atrocities on this date. We express our sympathy and support to those who grieve and bear the physical and psychological scars of terrorist acts. We also recall our commitment to supporting the victims and their families, to strengthening their rights, to defending their interests and to ensuring their voices are heard.

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3rd RAN High-Level Conference on Radicalisation – November 2016

Discussions focused on the issues around growing polarisation in the society, returning foreign terrorist fighters, children raised in a radicalised environment, as well as RAN support in designing national prevention strategies, structures and interventions. The participants heard first-hand insights from RAN practitioners and exchange best practices and expertise in the field.

As concrete outcomes of EU-level work on anti-radicalisation, the RAN Centre of Excellence presented the Handbook "Developing a Local Prevent Framework & Guiding Principles" and launched "RAN Young", a platform empowering young people to play an active role in the prevention of radicalisation. The European Commission prepared overview of prevent strategies from across the EU in a form of a repository.

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High-Level Conference ‘Strengthening the EU’s response to violent extremism: From ideas to action’ – June 2014

Some 100 RAN practitioners gathered with high level nationals and EU policy makers, to discuss ways to effectively tackle the challenge of radicalisation leading to terrorism and violent extremism on 17 June 2014.

The conference focused on the main challenges and opportunities ahead, counter terrorist propaganda, exit programmes and deradicalisation, as well as cooperation between governments and civil society.

Key documents

Discussion paper – High level conference June 2014

Cities Conference on Foreign Fighters (FF) – January 2014

The Cities Conference on Foreign Fighters leaving for Syria took place in The Hague on 30 January 2014.

The event was an opportunity for practitioners from various European cities to exchange knowledge and practices on how to deal with the foreign fighter phenomenon before, during and after travel, and to draft recommendations for local, national and EU-levels.

Key documents

Conference paper

Conference report

High-level conference ‘Empowering local actors to prevent violent extremism’ – January 2013

The 2013 High-Level Conference was intended to bolster the EU and Member States' efforts to broaden engagement to prevent violent extremism and support local actors to build more resilient societies. It took place in Brussels on 29 January.

The conference focused on the role of local actors in preventing violent extremism, the role of diasporas in the process of violent extremism and their engagement in its prevention, and on how to communicate on violent extremism, and counter-messaging via the Internet.

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Policy recommendations for the High Level Conference: