The topics of extremism, violent extremism, and radicalization leading to terrorism have constituted an increasingly prominent area of policy interest and donor support in recent years, globally and in the western Balkans.
The final conference of the European Project TAKEDOWN will take place on 18 June 2019 in Valencia. Under the title "New Approaches to the Fight against Radicalisation, Terrorism and Organised Crime", the meeting will host experts from Europe and the United States.
As part of the conference, the project will launch different services on two online platforms, with one of them particularly supporting practitioners for fighting violent extremism and terrorism (https://www.firstlinepractitioners.com/) and the second one providing a market place for LEAs and security companies. Furthermore, the consortium will present the outcomes of the project and discuss future implications with external experts.
PROTON is an innovative approach for a better understanding of the recruitment mechanisms in criminal and terrorist organisations. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 699824.
Jihadism, Foreign Fighters and Radicalization in the EU addresses the organizational and strategic changes in terrorism in Europe as a result of urban jihadism and the influx of foreign fighters of European nationality or residence.
The debate will address how Belgium and Italy have developed their expertise on the fight against organized crime and international terrorism and how they could exchange their respective best practices. The discussion will be introduced by the Ambassador of Italy to Belgium, Elena Basile, and the Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Caroline Pauwels. Key-note speakers will be: