EFS governmental advocacy in Hungary makes some headway – the Budapest Centre’s report on the Visegrad Group and prevention
Following the EFS round table activities, the EFS team in Hungary has made efforts within some “governmental advocacy initiative” with the purpose of supporting measures of preventing group hatred and violent extremism and recruitment among young people in Hungary. This advocacy initiative was designed to support regions in which topics of violent extremism are politically controversial and trends of polarisation and group hatred have been identified. The team in Hungary created quite some momentum and was strongly supported by the EFS roundtable members György Tatar from the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention and Borbala Fellegi from the Foresee Research Group. As part of their dialogue with authorities the two EFS organisations have recently received a grant from the Hungarian Ministry of Interior to develop capabilities of prison staff in preventing violent extremism in prisons. Both of them have actively participated in the establishment of the RAN national group Hungary inaugurated in summer 2016 and in liaising with the Radicalisation Awareness Network of the EU Commission. During this time the Budapest Centre also managed to work out and publish its report on the “Capabilities of the Visegrad Group in Preventing Extremism”. EFS will bank on these new resources when striving to continue its work in Central and Eastern Europe.