EU seeks to boost int'l cooperation to counter radicalisation

EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos
EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos

BRUSSELS, June 14 (KUNA) — The EU presented a 7-point plan Tuesday to step up support to EU Member States and strengthen international cooperation in preventing and countering violent radicalisation leading to terrorism. “The most horrendous attacks in Orlanda and in France last night remind us that terrorism is global, and yet extremely local as the majority of the perpetrators are our own citizens born and raised on our territories and educated in our schools,” EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, told a press conference presenting the plan.
“The fact that these Europeans were radicalised to extremism on our soil says something about the social fabric of our societies and the need to strengthen its resilience,” he said.
The plan outlines actions in seven specific areas to counter radicalisation. These include countering terrorist propaganda and hate speech online, addressing radicalisation in prisons and promoting inclusive education and EU common values.
Further it also includes promoting an inclusive and open society, strengthening international cooperation, boosting research and focusing on the security dimension.
Avramopoulos said the attacker in Orlanda “was strongly radicalised on his own by using the internet.” He added that the EU is expanding its work to counter radicalisation in third countries including the Middle East, North Africa and the Western Balkans.
“Tackling radicalisation is not an easy job. Solutions will not come magically here from Brussels,” he cautioned. (end) nk.nfm