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The fight against terrorism three years after the Brussels attacks

20 March 2019


Three years after the Brussels attacks, radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism continues to pose serious challenges. This conference, organised by the European Policy Centre and the European Foundation for Democracy, brought together high-level EU decision-makers and government representatives; frontline practitioners from the police and prison services and local authorities; and civil society organisations. The main focus was on measures adopted at both the EU and national levels to strengthen the resilience of countries, cities and local communities against the threat of radicalisation which leads to terrorism. Pre-emptive steps that have been take to prevent radicalisation in the first place were also discussed.

Speakers included: Herman Van Rompuy, President, European Policy Centre, Roberta Bonazzi, President, European Foundation for Democracy, Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Koen Geens, Minister of Justice, Belgium, Muriel Domenach, Secretary-General, Inter-ministerial committee for the prevention of delinquency and radicalisation (CIPDR), Christiane Hoehn, Principal Advisor to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Council of the EU, Peter Van Osselaer, Head of Unit, European Counter-Terrorism Centre, Europol, Karl Heeren, Commissioner, Antwerp Police, Jessika Soors, Head of Service CVE and de-radicalisation, City of Vilvoorde, Hadelin Feront, Head of the CVE Unit, City of Brussels.