, 9.30 AM
14-16 Rue du Trône/Troonstraat, Brussels
On Thursday 28th of November 2019, the second MINDb4ACT Policy Event on P/CVE practices took place in Brussels, focusing on the Maghreb and European Union areas.

Europe is now affected by a polarised climate, which has resulted into phenomena like hate crime, radicalisation and homegrown terrorism. Recently, prison radicalisation, foreign fighters, interns’ rehabilitation policies, community engagement, counter-narratives and women emporement have become the most debated issues in terms of radicalisation. Similar trends are shared in other areas as it might be the case of North Africa.

This 2nd Expert Round Table “Sharing the insights on the Maghreb and EU approaches in radicalisation and violent extremism” – with speakers from Belgium, France, Morocco and Spain – aimed to analyse the phenomenon of violent radicalisation leading to terrorism on both geographical areas, particularly focusing on identifying effective and repeatable preventing and countering practices.

In order to ensure an efficient exchange among practitioners, the organiser Elcano Royal Institute, in collaboration with Women Without Borders, the Institute for European Studies at VUB and the European Organisation for Security (EOS), counted on the participation of social workers, teachers, police officers as well as researchers such as Lurdes Vidal i Bertran, from the European Institute for the Mediterranean (IEMed), Thomas Renard, from the Egmont Institute, and Koert Debeuf, Director of the Tahir Institute for Middle East Policy Europe.

About 25 selected experts participated, among which, Isabelle Meslier Renaud and Clara Süß, Members of the European Commission; Elena Gomez Aoiz, Political Advisor of the European Union Special Representative for the Sahel; Maram Anbar, Team leader in the MORSE Project of the Royal United Service Institute for Defense and Security (RUSI); Béchir Hani Counsellor the Embassy of Tunisia in Brussels; and Tewfik Abdelkader Mahi, Minister Cousellor at the Algerian Embassy in Brussels.

The next edition of the Expert Round Table is organised by MINDb4ACT in cooperation with the BRAVE and CHAMPIONS projects. This time the focus will be on right wing extremism in Central and Eastern Europe, and the event will take place in the Region of Poznan (Poland) hosted by the MINDb4ACT partners Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS).

Below, the full programme:

Expert Round Table

“Sharing the insights on the Maghreb and EU approaches in radicalization and violent extremism”

Date: 28th November 2019, 09:30 – 14:15 h

Venue: Elcano Royal Institute/European Policy Centre (Rue du Trône 14-16 – 1000, Brussels)


09.30 – Coffee served

09.45 – 10.00 – Welcoming by Elcano Royal Institute

Moderator: Sergio Altuna, Elcano Royal Institute (@wellesbien)


10.00 – 11.00 Trends on violent radicalization leading to terrorism: Perspectives from the EU and the Maghreb

10.00 – 10.30 Lurdes Vidal i Bertran, European Institute for the Mediterranean (@LurdesVidal)

10.30 – 11.00 Reflections, discussion and exchange


11.00 – 12.00 The role of women and youngsters in preventing violent radicalization: Initiatives from the EU and the Maghreb

11.00 – 11.15 Rabhia Senouci, Réseau Virage

11.15 – 11.30 Saida El Aouati, MotherSchools Project by Women Without Borders (@WwB_SAVE)

11.30 – 12.00 Reflections, discussion and exchange


12.00 – 13.00 Networking Lunch


13.00 – 14.00 Countering radicalization and fostering deradicalization: Reflections from the EU and the Maghreb

13.00 – 13.15 Thomas Renard, Egmont Institute (@tom_renard)

13.15 – 13.30 Koert Debeuf, Tahir Institute for Middle East Policy Europe (@koertdebeuf)

13.30 – 14.00 Reflections, discussion and exchange


14.00 – 14.15 Closing remarks