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The First Steering Committee of the MINDb4ACT project took place in Brussels on January 2019. During the meeting, the goal and key elements of the second year were announced.

On Wednesday, 9 January 2019 the First Steering Committee of the MINDb4ACT project took place in Brussels, at the Elcano Royal Institute’s office in Belgium. The event was an occasion for all partners to pass through the first year of the project and to define the milestones of the coming second year.

In his welcome speech, the project Coordinator Francisco Andrés called for a “re-start” of the project, reminding to all partners that “produce” is the priority for 2019. “Productivity is key during this second year of the project”, he said, referring to the Living Labs and pilot projects to be implemented throughout the year.

2019 is, indeed, key for MINDb4ACT. This year, about 17 P/CVE local interventions will be carried out in 9 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom). Such interventions represent the core outcome of the project.

In fact, MINDb4ACT has never been about studying the phenomenon of violent extremism in Europe, but helping end-users developing coherent and useful practices to prevent and, consequently, counter violent extremism in their countries. The project’s practical perspective is what makes the difference.

The consortium has it clear in mind, the atmosphere at the steering committee was positive and all seemed full of energies to enface this intensive but promising second year.