Empowering Local Actors to Prevent Violent Extremism

Few would disagree that preventing violent extremism is a challenging, if not daunting, task that cannot be left only to a small number of authorities and actors. The nature of the phenomenon requires wide-ranging cooperation and a variety of expertise. Across Europe, practitioners, researchers and NGOs have extensive knowledge on how to deal with the different forms of radicalisation leading to violent extremism. The Commission has brought together some of these experts, mainly practitioners who may encounter the target group directly, in the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). The RAN allows them to meet and exchange experiences about the best ways to counter violent extremism. Although at an early phase of their work, the different RAN working groups have been asked to contribute with recommendations to policy makers1. This discussion paper is based upon their suggestions.

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