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Project TARGET – Online presentation of research results

Project TARGET - Online presentation of research results

13:30 - 15:30

How does illicit firearms trafficking impact gun violence in Europe?
That was Project TARGET’s central question.

Join us for our interactive webinar on the research results.

AGENDA (More details will follow shortly.)

• 1.30 – 1.35 PM: Welcome (Nils Duquet, director Flemish Peace Institute)
• 1.35 – 2.00 PM: Gun violence in Europe: scope and characteristics (Dennis Vanden Auweele, researcher Flemish Peace Institute)
• 2.00 – 2.10 PM: Reflection on the key findings regarding gun violence (Marieke Liem, Leiden University)
• 2.10 – 2.25 PM: Q&A
• 2.25 – 2.35 PM: Short break
• 2.35 – 2.50 PM: The impact of firearms trafficking on violence in Europe (Nils Duquet, Flemish Peace Institute)
• 2.50 – 3.00 PM: Challenges and opportunities to combat firearms trafficking (Richard Martens, Dutch national police).
• 3.00 – 3.15 PM: Q&A
• 3.15 – 3.30 PM: Closing remarks (Febe Liagre, European Commission – DG for Migration and Home Affairs Organized Crime, corruption and drugs- Firearms Group)


• Mon. 13/12/2021
• Start: 1:30 PM CET – Duration: +/- 120 min.
• Zoom Webinar – Register here (required)


Project TARGET is a comprehensive research project that explores the links between the different types of firearms trafficking and gun violence in all EU Member States and the Western Balkans.

The main research questions of the project were:
1.  What are the scope, characteristics and dynamics of gun violence in Europe and what impact does illicit firearms trafficking have on the issue?
2. How can illicit firearms trafficking be prevented and combatted effectively and efficiently at (sub)national and EU levels to prevent gun violence?

Project TARGET significantly improves our understanding of the dynamics of gun violence across Europe and the impact of illicit firearms trafficking on gun violence.  It is also the first in-depth study on the relationship between illicit firearms trafficking and different types of gun violence across Europe and will become a baseline study for future studies monitoring gun violence across Europe and evaluating the impact of various measures undertaken to combat illicit firearms trafficking and gun violence in Europe.

The project is coordinated by the Flemish Peace Institute and cofunded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Commission.

Partners of the project are Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global AffairsEuropol, the Dutch National PoliceUNDP-SEESAC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA).

Check the project TARGET-webpage for more info.