The Hague, 19 April 2011
On 13 April, Eurojust hosted a tactical meeting on Violent Single Issue Extremism (VSIE) at the European level. VSIE can be described as “violence committed with the desire to change a specific policy or practice within a target society”.
The term covers criminal activities of animal rights extremism and environmentalist activist groups (e.g., environmental extremism, pro-life extremism, right/left wing extremism and anarchism).
Delegates from different judicial and police authorities from 23 Member States, as well as experts from Europol, attended the meeting.
The main objective of the meeting was to gain a better insight into the phenomenon of VSIE and exchange experiences to establish a common vision to tackle the problem.
Presentations on the topic were given by several delegations, followed by discussions on best practices, know-how and lessons learned from criminal investigations and prosecutions. The participants exchanged views on common patterns, modus operandi, the impact on the economy and industry and the international aspects of VSIE.
In the conclusions, the need for a common approach in prevention and repression of VSIE at the European level was emphasized. Some new legislation might have to be taken into consideration in order to better address the issue. The participants agreed on the importance of international cooperation, to have a harmonised response to such criminal offences, to timely exchange information and best practices and to have coordinated actions between police and prosecution authorities at EU-level.
Follow-up meetings between Eurojust, Europol and other involved authorities will be held in the near future.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Joannes THUY, Spokesperson - Head of Press & PR Service
EUROJUST, Maanweg 174, 2516 AB, The Hague, the Netherlands
Tel +31 70 412 5508