The EU-funded project "MINDb4ACT" on tackling violent radicalization was launched in Brussels, at the Spanish Representation to the EU. An half-day event co-organised and partcipated by Elcano Royal Institute (leader of the project), the European Commission and the Council of the European Union.

On Thursday, 5 October 2017 the kick-off meeting of the project “MINDb4ACT: Innovative, ethical and effective actions to tackle radicalization leading to violent extremism” took place in Brussels. The event, hosted by the Spanish Representation to the EU, was co-organized and participated by the Elcano Royal Institute together with the representatives of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union. Participants discussed the phenomenon of violent radicalization leading to terrorism in Europe and the role of the EU and the Members States in developing prevention policies. During the event, existing institutional and legal frameworks in the European Union were taken into account as well as the already existing main research initiatives tackling radicalization, funded by the European Commission.

An introduction was presented by Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute, Alexandra Antoniadis, of the EU Commission, and Juan Pablo García-Berdoy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union.

After a speech made by Fernando Reinares, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute’s Global Terrorism Program, other three events have been held: a presentation of “Horizon 2020 projects on prevention of radicalization,” a first roundtable on “Prevention policies in the EU” and a second roundtable on “The role of LEAS in CVEs”.

The “MINDb4ACT” project will contribute to reassess individual, local, national and international approaches to the comprehension, identification and prevention of radicalization leading to violent extremism. The project will not only help understating the process of radicalization, but it will also identify and test new solution to the problem with the main stakeholders.

The research project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program that aims to propose new counterterrorism policies to prevent radicalization. It is to be developed by a consortium representing a well-balanced and multi-disciplinary group comprising 18 partners and 10 countries within the European Union.