High-Level Ministerial Conference – "Criminal justice response to radicalisation"
On 19 October 2015, the European Commission hosted a Ministerial Conference on the “Criminal justice response to radicalisation”, in Brussels and brought together around 250 participants, including Ministers of Justice, legal practitioners, prison administrations, government officials, international organisations, academics and relevant civil society organisations.
The Conference was organised together with the Luxemburgish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and with the support of the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.
Preventing radicalisation leading to terrorism and developing effective disengagement and de-radicalisation programmes is a priority for the Commission. This was set out in the European Commission’s “European Agenda for Security” of 28 April 2015 and in the Council in its Internal Security Strategy 2015-2020 adopted by Ministers on 16 June 2015.
The Conference facilitated the exchange of views on effective interventions, management and sentencing practices to prevent the spread of radicalised ideas inside and outside prisons in the European Union, which could lead to acts of terrorism. The discussions contributeed to finding responses in the criminal justice sector on how to deal with this sensitive and complex problem.
The outcome of the Conference will be presented at the December Justice and Home Affairs Council by feeding in to Council Conclusions.
Watch here DG Justice Commissioner Věra JOUROVÁ Introduction and other videos from the conference.