The EFS team organised and hosted a meeting with the French State Secretary of Urban Development, Myriam El Khomri, and the French embassy team in CI premises, in which the team presented the European Fair Skills project and discussed principles of good practice in prevention work with vulnerable young people in urban settings.
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck presents the Fair Skills concept and speaks on „De-radicalisation? Good Practice in Rehabilitation from Violent Extremism Narrativity, Gender, Media, Community and Youth“ at the Pittsburgh conference, organised by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies and its European Union Center of Excellence.
The EFS team implements a workshop of the RAN Derad working group for the Baltic States, Finland, and Poland, focusing on disengagement and distancing interventions for young people vulnerable to group hatred and violent extremism, organised by the European Commission’s RAN- Network.
The EFS team from several EFS partner countries hold a cross-project meeting between the European Fair Skills project and the “Community Counteracting Radicalisation” project (CoCoRa, Erasmus+ partnership), in the context of the RAN Derad workshop on 2nd-3rd July, discussing possible joint activities.
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck presents the Fair Skills concept, focusing on issues of youth work/ youth cultures and gender, at the conference “Framing the Development Solution to Radicalization in Africa”, organised by the United Nations Development Program Regional Bureau for Africa.
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck presents the concept of the European Fair Skills self-evaluation tool and its implementation with the local Fair Skills partner teams. More information
The EFS team meets with the Prefect of the “Inter-ministerial Committee on Preventing Crime and Violent Extremism” of France and with the French embassy team to exchange about good practices guidelines – and in view of a possible European Fair Skills France.
The EFS team has given a talk, a workshop, and eight interviews to Czech press, radio and TV on issues of preventing group hatred and violent extremism in the Czech Republic and in V4 countries. The Internal Security Forum was organised by the European Values Foundation, Prague, in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of the Interior and the US Embassy.
EFS team members Anika Posselius and Harald Weilnböck attend the “OSCE Security Day: In Pursuit of Peace and Security: How Gender Makes a Difference”. A presentation was given on WomEx, European Fair Skills, the RAN and the CoCoRa Erasmus+ partnership.
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck presents on the “Implementation of Deradicalisation Programmes – The European Fair Skills Project”, in the context of the Aarhus multi-agency, community-embedded approach of preventing violent extremism. More information
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck presents on “Cultures Interactive’s WomEx and European Fair Skills approach” at the Forum, which raised the question “How to combat radicalisation and terrorism: prevention tools and shared knowledge in the Mediterranean and European space”, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.
EFS team members Silke Baer and Anika Posselius participate in the kick-off meeting of the RAN working group on Youth, Families and Communities (YF&C) and contribute insights from the European Fair Skills project, including WomEx resources of gender oriented interventions, in reference to the current CoCoRa Erasmus+ partnership with mth consulting from Denmark.
The EFS team organises and moderates the FP7 IMPACT Europe training session in Berlin with key evaluation experts from Germany and the national prevent program “Live Democracy!”, presenting both the IMPACT tool and the European Fair Skills self-evaluation tool. More information
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck meets with and consults the French Minister of EU Affairs, Harlem Desir, and the team of the French embassy, on strategies of a long term national action plan on preventing violent extremism with vulnerable young people.
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck discusses good practice standards and measures of evaluation, in reference to the European Fair Skills self-evaluation tool, at the expert workshop "National Strategies of Preventing Terrorism and Extremism" [Nationale Strategie Terrorismus-/Extremismusprävention], organised by the Federal Criminal Police Office’s Research Department.
EFS team members Silke Baer and Anika Posselius attend and present European Fair Skills, WomEx and the CoCoRa project at the German Congress on Crime Prevention [Deutscher Präventionstag] including the Annual International Forum (AIF).
The EFS partners in Hungary attended the inauguration of the RAN National Group Hungary which was made possible as a result of RAN support and the EFS governmental advocacy initiative. This group includes both NGO and governmental representatives; it was hosted by the Migration Research Institute and the National University of Public Service.
EFS team members attend and present on gender and violent extremism in reference to the European Fair Skills project and the WomEx project, during the panel “Violent Extremism as a Gendered Threat”.
EFS team member Harald Weilnböck delivered a keynote address and media interviews at the conference – and was invited to meet the President of the Slovak Republic, where he introduced the main ideas of the joint cooperation of EFS partners from CEE countries as well as a concept for a presidential youth work initiative on a national scale. More information
EFS team members present the Fair Skills and CoCoRa concept to an inter-ministerial expert meeting with Dutch governmental representatives, which occurred in the context of the EU Council presidency of the Netherlands and was organised by the National Coordinator on Terrorism and Security (NL), emphasising youth work.
EFS team members attend the meeting of the Community Counteracting Radicalisation project (CoCoRa, Erasmus+ partnership) which was held at the French partner organization ADICE and, inter alia, discuss synergies with the Fair Skills project implementation, in view of an EFS follow-up Erasmus+ project “YouPrev”, specifically designed for CEE countries’ needs.
EFS team member Oliver Kossack attends the kick-off meeting of the EFS follow-up project “European Network for Nonviolence and Dialogue”, initiated by Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia (PDCS), Bratislava. (More information: [LINK to “about >> future perspectives”])
The EFS team presents the European Fair Skills project and the CoCoRa project to the Dutch “Jong SZW” group (association of younger employees at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands) on their study visit to Berlin.
EFS team member Oliver Kossack discusses the prevention of group hatred and right-wing extremism in Europe in a panel discussion, building on the (preliminary) conclusions from the EFS project at CI’s 2016 conference themed “Between Encounter and Confrontation – Youth Culture Work in refugee integration and prevention of prejudices“ [Zwischen Begegnung und Konfrontation – Jugendkulturarbeit zur Integration von Geflüchteten und zur Bearbeitung von Vorurteilen].
EFS team members from all partner countries presented the European Fair Skills project during the RAN Study Visit to Sofia – “Challenges of Prevention of Radicalisation”. The RAN event was hosted by the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of the Interior, the State Agency for National Security and the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Sofia. Prevention and counter-radicalisation strategies in Bulgaria, and more widely in Eastern Europe, were discussed. More information
EFS team member Oliver Kossack moderated a workshop themed “(De-)radicalisation of Youth: Call to action. How can we prevent the radicalisation of youth?” in which the two EFS trainers Rado Sloboda and Rebeka Dora Kajos participated. The international conference was organised by Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia (PDCS) as part of the project “European Network for Non-violence and Dialogue” in which CI is also a partner. More information
The EFS team holds a workshop on “Group hatred and right-wing extremism in Central and Eastern Europe and Germany compared” in which it presents the conclusions from the EFS project to national prevention and education practitioners, representatives from local and state authorities and other stakeholders at CI’s annual conference in Berlin.
The EFS team presents on European Fair Skills and gives a workshop on issues of “Youth and community work in the prevention of violent extremism” [Jugend und Gemeinwesenarbeit in der Extremismusprävention] at the University of Applied Social Studies St. Pölten which provides vocational training for youth/ social workers.
Together with international academics, EFS team member Oliver Kossack discussed the impact of radical right actors on politics and society in Central and Eastern Europe. The workshop was organised by Prof. Michael Minkenberg, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).