On 27 October 2020, French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jean-Paul Garraud of the Identity and Democracy Group posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:
“Ms Johansson’s answer to question E-004667/2020 by Mr Garraud on the Islamisation of Europe indicates that the Commission helps Member States develop policies to prevent radicalisation.
Even if prevention of radicalisation is primarily the responsibility of Member States, the European Union cannot shrug off its responsibility for the import onto our continent of the deadly ideology that is radical Islamism, a consequence of the EU’s migration policy.
In view of the most recent attack in France, in which the victim – a teacher – was beheaded in the middle of the street by an 18-year-old Chechen, who came to France when he was six years old, it has to be said that efforts to prevent radicalisation have patently failed.
1. Can the Commission furnish precise data and statistics for the various radicalisation prevention programmes implemented and supported by the European Union, and can it say, in particular, how many individuals, and especially those released from prison, have been deradicalised?
2. Will the Commission re-direct resources allocated to preventing radicalisation, or a part of them, to the creation of a fund to provide Member States with grants to finance solely and exclusively – unlike AMIF – radicalised foreigners being sent back to their own country?”
On 28 January 2021, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “As underlined in the Counter Terrorism Agenda for the EU, the Commission will strengthen support to detect, prevent and counter radicalisation and implement disengagement measures as early as possible. Key areas for further action include rehabilitation and reintegration efforts in and outside prison.
A particular focus will be on preventing and countering extremist ideologies on and offline before they take root, while promoting democratic values and an inclusive and tolerant society. The Action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 promotes inclusion, recognising the important contribution of migrants to the EU and addressing the barriers that can hinder their participation and inclusion in European society.
The Commission supports so-called exit programmes and projects addressing radicalisation in prison funded under the Internal Security Fund as well as other EU funds. Furthermore, the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) has identified a number of exit programmes in its RAN Collection.
The Commission has no information about how many individuals, and especially those released from prison, have been deradicalised. The Commission will explore all relevant EU funding possibilities to support the development, implementation and evaluation of exit programmes and interventions, but has no plans to create a new fund as mentioned by the Honourable Member.”
Photo Credit : https://pixabay.com/photos/criminal-terrorist-rifle-weapons-1563428/