Answer to Written Question: Salafism originating from Turkey and the threat to democratic societies

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Johansson

on behalf of the European Commission


Radicalisation is a phenomenon of concern in EU Member States and beyond. The 2020 Counter-Terrorism Agenda[1] puts forward a number of initiatives to support Member States in areas such as online radicalisation, spread of violent extremist ideologies, reintegration and empowerment of communities. The Agenda also underlines that the EU and its Member States must ensure that projects, which are incompatible with European values or pursue an illegal agenda, do not receive support from European funds. Specifically to address the rise in antisemitic violence and hate crime, the Commission will present before the end of 2021 a strategy on combating antisemitism.

Similarly, recent Council Conclusions[2] as well as European Council Conclusions[3] underlined EU’s strong commitment to counter all extremist propaganda, the preaching of violence and the financing of hate and violent extremism. Extremist ideologies are spreading rapidly through online platforms, which have been increasingly abused to radicalise and recruit. The Regulation on addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online[4], which will ensure a swift removal of terrorist content online, has just been adopted.

The mentioned European Council Conclusions also stressed the importance of combatting the undesirable foreign influence of national civil and religious organisations through non-transparent funding. This topic will be part of the High Level Security Dialogues between the EU and third countries.

On 25 March 2021[5], the Members of the European Council highlighted their preparedness to launch High Level Dialogues with Turkey on topics of mutual concern, including counter-terrorism.

[1] COM(2020) 795 final.



[4] COM(2018) 640 final.


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