European Union steps up efforts to prevent violent extremism and counter-terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa

September 15, 2017
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The European Union has adopted a programme under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) worth €17.5 million, aimed at addressing the terrorist threat in the Middle East and North Africa.

Terrorism and radicalisation leading to violent extremism continue to pose a significant threat to states and societies in the Middle East and North Africa, an EU press release said. This three-year programme will address drivers and threats from terrorism in the region to foster human security and build resilience in both states and societies.

Announcing the programme, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said: “We are increasing as a priority our work and cooperation on counterterrorism with partner countries. We have developed a network of counterterrorism experts that are deployed in key countries and a series of counterterrorism dialogues with our partners to exchange best practices and to learn from each other. The best way to address radicalisation and violent extremism effectively is by working together, in a comprehensive and concerted way.

The programme will include a first component to contribute to strengthening the capacity of state actors that play a key role in countering terrorism and violent extremism. The second component of the programme will focus on partnerships between authorities, youth and communities to address underlying factors that can make communities vulnerable to violent extremism.

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Council Conclusions on Counter Terrorism, 19 June 2017

More information on the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace

Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia