Several European cities are confronted with radical groups who want to justify their violent acts through extremist ideologies. Violent radicalisation can take different forms: small extreme-right groups, departures for Jihad, ultra-violent gangs, hooliganisme.
If the behaviour and violent activities which may arise must be monitored by the police and the intelligence services, the approach and repressive measures must be accompanied by prevention work, especially at the local level. In this respect, the local authorities are frontline actors in terms of detection, support and the mediation work with certain individuals or groups at risk.
The authorities must encourage the identification of at risk cases through cooperation between the city services but also offer these individuals an alternative path.
Faced with the global nature of radicalisation, a concerted and coordinated response between European cities is vital. Through its unique position, the European Forum is a major actor in strengthening the capacity of cities and regions to act, thus contributing to bringing about both a local and European response to this phenomenon.
This project aimed to support local authorities with the implementation of prevention measures for violent radicalisation in whatever form they may take.
Thus, it intended to:
- Strengthen the local authorities’ prevention capacities through:
– the improvement of detection procedures in cases warranting intervention.
– the development of prevention messages.
- Improve the cooperation of different levels of governance
- Highlight the salient role of local authorities in the fight against radicalisation within the framework of a global prevention policy.
In the scope of the project, Efus organised several training sessions benefiting more than 70 local stakeholders.
Based on the training programme developed, a book was published with the aim to present the different aspects of a local strategy for the prevention of radicalisation. It provides practical insights and tools for strengthening local stakeholders’ capacities to deal with this phenomenon, both at the political and technical level. It is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. See here.
In order to build on these outputs, Efus is currently leading the LIAISE 2 projet, which is also co-funded by the EU. LIAISE 2 seeks to strengthen the capacity of European local and regional authorities to prevent radicalisation leading to violent extremism. To this end, 23 cities and regions from 10 countries will benefit from bespoke local trainings and support for the implementation of pilot initiatives. The project also includes the organisation of five European thematic seminars for local stakeholders. Read more…
- Exchange of experience and practices between European cities and regions, accompanied by subject experts
- Exploration visit and assistance to cities by the experts
- Development of a training programme for local actors
- Training sessions
- City of Augsburg
- City of Brussels – Bravvo
- City of Düsseldorf
- Institute for Strategic Dialogue
- City of Hospitalet
- City of Liege
- City of Malmo
- City of Reggio Emilia
- Ufuq e.V.
- City of Vilvoorde
- Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Family and Women
- Interactive Cultures e.V., Berlin, Germany
From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016