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Parliamentary questions
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5 April 2019
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000217/2019

The Commission has launched several initiatives, notably the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) and the European Strategic Communications Network (ESCN), to support Member States in their efforts to prevent and counter radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism. In addition, to counter the spread of terrorist propaganda online, the Commission worked with industry in the EU Internet Forum and more recently proposed a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online(1).

In line with the recommendations of the High Level Commission Expert Group on Radicalisation(2), the Commission supports actions in a number of areas such as radicalisation in prison, challenges related to extremist ideology and polarisation, education and social inclusion.

Responding to existing and evolving challenges, the work of the RAN includes exchanges of good practices and recommendations as to how to manage prison leavers. The ESCN is looking into the communication strategies countering the narratives of Islamist and right wing extremists. With a view to combat religious intolerance and hatred, the Commission, through the Erasmus+ and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programmes, is promoting citizenship and the common values of pluralism, tolerance and non-discrimination, including among younger generations.

Moreover, the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination was adopted by EU Education Minister and the Commission in March 2015 and includes the implementation of around 20 actions across education, culture, youth and sport as a means to nurture societal resilience, pluralism and respect(3).

(1)COM(2018) 640 final, 12 September 2018: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-preventing-terrorist-content-online-regulation-640_en.pdf
(3)Likewise, the Council Recommendation on Promoting common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of teaching invites Member States to step up their efforts to promote more inclusive education systems, support educational staff and focus on the importance of shared European values.

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