Networks in the fight against terrorism

The following listing (work in progress) seeks to capture networks and forums in the area of European counterterrorism policy. In light of the varied degree of formalisation and flexible range of participants, a distinction is made between networks that are associated to the EU and other European networks. Individual descriptions, in so far as available, are derived from the self-presentation of the respective networks (webpage) or official documents. Feedback is welcome!

EU-focused Networks:

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN)

In order to help the first-line local practitioners and to facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices between them, the European Commission set up the EU-wide Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN).


Other Networks:

Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units

Recognizing the importance of international cooperation in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism, a group of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) met at the Egmont Arenberg Palace in Brussels, Belgium, and decided to establish an informal network of FIUs for the stimulation of international co-operation. Now known as the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, Egmont Group FIUs meet regularly to find ways to promote the development of FIUs and to cooperate, especially in the areas of information exchange, training and the sharing of expertise.

European Expert Network on Terrorism Issue (EENeT), BKA Germany

The EENeT is dedicated to multidisciplinary and multi-agency analysis and research which are considered prerequisites for providing comprehensive insights into the complexity of the phenomenon "terrorism".

Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)

The GCTF's overarching and long-term goal is to reduce the vulnerability of people everywhere to terrorism by effectively preventing, combating, and prosecuting terrorist acts and countering incitement and recruitment to terrorism.


Madrid Group / Committee of Counter-Terrorism Coordination Centres (CCCAT)


Policy Planners' Network on Countering Radicalisation and Polarisation (PPN)

Set up in 2008 and facilitated by ISD, it provides a mechanism for streamlining and systematising the sharing of information on policy, practical implementation and best practice; offers an ‘institutional memory' for PPN members; commissions research on issues of mutual interest to gain economies of scale; holds regular meetings for discussion, exchange and presentations from non-governmental experts; works to upgrade and coordinate strategies; and enjoys close cooperation with the Coordinator for Counter-terrorism for the Council of the EU and the European Commission.

US-EU Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Steering Committee


Council of the EU Working Groups

Working Party on Terrorism (TWP)

The Working Party on Terrorism leads and manages the Council's general agenda on counter-terrorism.

Working Party on Terrorism (International Aspects)

The Working Party on Terrorism (International Aspects) coordinates the member states positions on international aspects of the fight against terrorism. It mainly carries out threat analyses regarding non-EU countries with the aim of enhancing EU cooperation with these countries in combating international terrorism. The working party also prepares meetings and dialogues on terrorism with non-EU countries.