Responding to the evolving nature of terrorism threats in Europe, the Council of Europe today adopted a counter-terrorism strategy for 2023-2027 which offers new tools and concrete responses to continuous and emerging challenges faced by state authorities.
The strategy aims at strengthening counter-terrorism efforts in Europe and beyond by addressing not only manifestations of terrorism, but also its root causes and drivers in the current geopolitical landscape. It aims to address the growing threat from violent extremism in Europe, the surge in abuses of new technologies for messaging, recruitment and training, and the interplay between acts of terrorism and violations of the rules of armed conflict (war crimes) recently observed in the context of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine.
It follows up on a number of efforts made under the 2018-2022 counter-terrorism strategy, such as the report on emerging terrorist threats in Europe and the Recommendation on the use of information collected in conflict zones as evidence in criminal proceedings related to terrorist offences. The strategy also reflects the understanding that while ISIL/Daesh or Al-Qaida-inspired terrorist threats may have diminished in recent years, there is a need to find effective and comprehensive means to prevent their resurgence.