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Webinar (ENG): Five years after the Brussels attacks: Evaluating preventive policies & the new EU Counter-Terrorism Agenda

In March 2016, Brussels was hit by two terrorist attacks.

On the 22nd of March 2021, exactly 5 years after the Brussels attacks, the Flemish Peace Institute,  together with policymakers and experts, took a closer look at the feasibility of evaluating and measuring impact of preventive policies on violent extremism and discussed similarities and differences in current P/CVE approaches within the EU.

Below you can  download a selection of slides that were presented during this webinar.
You can  rewatch the webinar here.


Nils Duquet, Director Flemish Peace Institute
• The EU CT Agenda and its preventive pillar
Sylvia Bottarin, Prevention of Radicalisation Unit, DG Home, EU Commission
•  Possibilities & restrictions for assessing the impact of preventive interventions
Letizia Paoli, Full Professor Criminology, Leuven Institute for Criminology
Lessons learned from the Flemish action plan for the prevention of violent radicalisation & polarisation
Annelies Pauwels, Researcher, Flemish Peace Institute
•  Similarities & differences in national approaches to preventing violent extremism
Daniel Koehler, Competence Centre Against Extremism (Konex) – Ministry of the Interior, Digitisation & Migration (Baden-Württemberg)


The Brussels attacks created a sense of urgency among local, national and European policymakers, leading to the adoption of various measures and actions to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) and terrorism. Recently, the EU Commission updated its policy by rolling out a new EU Counter-Terrorism Agenda. The preventive pillar of this Agenda includes a strong focus on consolidating and disseminating knowledge and on supporting stakeholders at national and local level.

The recent evaluation study of the Flemish P/CVE policy in Belgium, conducted by the Flemish Peace Institute, ties into that Agenda. This in-depth evaluation highlights good practices, lessons learned, and potential pitfalls in the development and implementation of a strategy aimed at preventing radicalisation.


Location: online

Date: 22/03/2021