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ERA: Countering Terrorism in the EU: Annual Conference 2018 - actions, trends, and gaps


29 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2018





Event Description


This annual conference will present the European Union’s response to the threat of terrorism in key areas such as information-sharing, terrorist financing, and radicalisation. At the heart of the conference will be the latest legislation to modify EU information systems, to fight money laundering by criminal law, and to criminalise travelling and training for terrorist purposes as well as the need for new legislative proposals, e.g. to remove terrorist content online.

Key topics

  • Terrorism trends in 2018
  • Actions, gaps, and new initiatives in the EU’s counter-terrorism response
  • The use of information systems, interoperability and intelligence-sharing to counter terrorism
  • Challenges in countering terrorist financing
  • Prosecuting new criminal acts under Directive 2017/541 on combating terrorism
  • Countering radicalisation with a focus on combatting terrorist content online

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You will learn about...

  • today’s drivers of terrorism
  • new initiatives to counter terrorism in the EU
  • modifications to EU information systems such as SIS and ECRIS to counter terrorism and possibilities for interoperability and intelligence-sharing
  • first experiences with PNR
  • the effects of anti-money laundering legislation 
  • practical challenges with prosecuting new criminal acts under Directive 2017/541 on combatting terrorism
  • concerns regarding forthcoming prison releases of convicted terrorists
  • trends and challenges of radicalisation in the EU and new initiatives such as the European Cooperation mechanism
  • projects and legislative proposals to counter terrorist content online

Language: English

Organiser: ERA (Cornelia Riehle)

Event number: 318R16




Frédéric Baab, National Member for France, Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Team, Eurojust, The Hague

Jeroen Blomsma, Policy Officer, Terrorism and Crisis Unit, DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission, Brussels

Waut Es, Expert in the EU Internet Forum, Expert for the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Radicalisation and the Network of Prevent Policy representing the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), Brussels

Nathalie Griesbeck MEP*, Special Committee on Terrorism, European Parliament, Strasbourg/Brussels

Ester Natus, Federal Magistrate, Terrorism Section, Federal Prosecution Service, Brussels

Mario Oetheimer, Head of Sector for Information Society, Privacy and Data Protection, Freedoms and Justice Department, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna

Ave Poom, Research and Development Officer, eu-LISA, Tallinn

Marco R Provvidera, Attorney admitted to New York and Italian Bars, Adjunct Professor of International Organisations, Sapienza University of Rome

Frank Verbruggen, Associate Professor of Criminal Law, Catholic University of Leuven

European Counter-Terrorism Centre, Europol, The Hague