European Commissioner for the security union Julian King discussed the approach the city of Mechelen and its Mayor Bart Somers take to prevent radicalisation.
It was the first fact-finding mission of European commissioner King, who wanted to see firsthand what is being done on the local level to prevent young citizens of getting radicalized: there hasn’t been a single person leaving Mechelen to go and fight in Syria.
Our President and Mayor of Mechelen Bart Somers:
During the visit Mayor Somers showed how social engagement, sports and education help prevent radicalisation by creating an inclusive city and society.
To date, some 4,000 EU nationals are estimated to have joined terrorist organisations in countries experiencing conflict such as Syria and Iraq