Denmark, 29-30 May 2018: The first Study visit in the context of the MINDb4ACT project was held in Copenaghen. DIIS organized the visit, participated by representatives of Elcano, PPBW and the Italian Ministry of Justice. The initiative aimed to a better understand of the CVE Danish approach.

The first Study visit in the context of the MINDb4ACT project took place in Copenaghen, Denmark on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 May 2018. The initiative aimed to understand the Danish approach to countering and preventing extremism and radicalization, by giving participants a first-hand experience within the Danish political and societal system.

The Delegation was led by Manni Crone, Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies – DIIS, and participated by three representatives of the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain), two representatives of the Polish Platform for Homeland Security (Poland) and one representative from the Italian Ministry of Justice (Italy).

The visit lasted two days. During the first day, after a short briefing at the DIIS’s office, the Delegation met with a Researcher from the Danish Intelligence Service, Prevent Department (PET) who explained the intra-sectorial approach Danish Intelligence Service applies to countering and preventing violent extremism. A second meeting was held in the afternoon in a near-by Danish district of Albertslund, where the delegation met with the former Intelligence officer who designed and implemented the Danish CVE model Kasper Fisker, now Police Director and CVE-coordinator at the Police district of Albertslund.

The second day, MINDb4ACT representatives participated in three meetings. Early in the morning, a first meeting was organized with Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen, Chief Advisor at the Danish Centre for Prevention of Extremism part of the Ministry of Integration and Social Affairs. The meeting aimed to focus on the local dimension of the Danish approach, how the strategy wokr among Police and municipalities. A second meeting took then place at the Danish Prison and Probation Service where the delegation made with two prison officers engaged in CVE practices, namely: Morten Hjᴓrnholm and Rekha Grue. Finally, the third meeting was held in the Municipality of Copenaghen where the CVE Coordinator, Muhammad Heed, presented the preventing radicalization and extremism strategy in Copenaghen.

The mission was defined as a success by the Delegation. Further study visits in other partners’ countries will follow, the next one is due to be in Brussels on the 21th of June 2018.