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In Europe we address community tensions and violence in the UK, and train European government officials on their role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Communities under pressure

With cuts to local services, fewer resources for supporting local communities and rising unemployment, especially among the young, many people fear tensions among communities will get worse in England.

Voices across borders

International Alert is calling for greater engagement between the UK government and diasporas, in order to improve peace and development.

 

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Europe - a suitable case for peacebuilding treatment?

In the first ten years after the EU decided at its 2001 Gothenburg summit to have a policy on conflict prevention, the European Commission spent €7.7 billion on what we would now call peacebuilding, about 10 per cent of its total spending on external aid. That made it the world’s biggest peacebuilding spender.

About Forum 1.0 - Peacebuilding in Europe

Established in the Second World War, partly as a project to maintain inter-state peace, the European Union has for over 60 years been a singular model of peaceful economic, political and cultural integration. Up until the current financial crisis, the EU as a peacebuilding model was largely uncontested and widely seen as a success – the recent award of the Nobel Prize to the EU testifies to this.

Ensuring Progress in the Prevention of Violent Conflict

The aim of this document is to highlight practical steps that the EU could take during the Greek and Italian Presidencies in 2003 to better implement and monitor the progress of the commitments made on conflict prevention. The paper is aimed to provide support to the Presidencies, to member states, the Commission, the Council, parliamentarians and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in furthering the role of the EU in preventing violent conflict. The paper outlines five key issues for EU member states and the Commission to address during the Greek and Italian Presidencies to enhance the EU’s capacity to prevent violent conflict, namely mainstreaming conflict prevention policy and practice within European Community policy, strengthening EU-Africa engagement in conflict prevention, integrating crisis management with conflict prevention, tackling terrorism, organised crime and illicit trafficking and enhancing co-ordination across EU institutions.