Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – On the occasion of the 19th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism, the Commission issued the following Statement:
“Today, Europe pays tribute to the victims and survivors of terrorist attacks. We will never forget them. We will not surrender to the fear terrorists try to instil when they commit their atrocities. The goal of terrorists is to divide our society. We will not allow them to succeed.
Fighting terrorism is a priority for the EU. Just as we honour the memory of those lost to terrorism, we also strive to prevent any future attacks. To help prevent terrorist offences, the EU is active in fighting terrorist propaganda, offline and online: by denying terrorists the means and limiting their space to plan, to finance and carry out attacks, by countering radicalisation and by enhancing information exchange and police cooperation.
Terrorist attacks are an attack on our society and our way of being. The Commission will therefore continue to support survivors to help them rebuild their lives. Through the Radicalisation Awareness Network, we also ensure that the voices of victims and survivors are centred in our response.
On this day of remembrance, we renew our resolve in supporting victims and building inclusive and resilient societies.”
The European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism was established after the Madrid Bombings of 11 March 2004.