Conference on terrorist access to illicit firearms markets in Europe

Tuesday 17 April 2018, Flemish Parliament, Brussels

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This event is open to professionals only. Registration is required and dependent upon approval. Registrations are open until 30 March 2018.


Goal of the conference

At this conference we will present:

  • the insights from an in-depth study into the ways terrorists access the multi-faceted illicit firearms markets across the EU
  • the ways in which policymakers and law enforcement agencies can combat such access.

Project SAFTE is an international research project with a focus on the acquisition of illicit firearms by terrorists in Europe.

The project is coordinated by the Flemish Peace Institute (Belgium), and funded by the European Commission.


9:00 – 9:20         Opening of conference

9:20 – 9:45         Overview of Project SAFTE

9:45 – 10:45       Main findings of Project SAFTE

  • Illicit firearms markets in the EU
  • Terrorist access to illicit firearms markets in the EU
  • Q&A

10:45 – 11:15     Coffee break

11:15 – 12.45     Break-out sessions: findings from the country studies

In-depth country studies were undertaken as part of Project SAFTE. In break-out groups the researchers will present the findings on (terrorist access to) illicit firearms markets in the following countries: 

  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • the Netherlands
  • Romania
  • the UK
  • Ukraine

The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the participants.

12:45 – 14:15     Lunch break

14:15 – 16:00     Panel discussion on policy recommendations of Project SAFTE

Panel discussion with experts and representatives from international, EU and national actors involved in the combat against illicit firearms trafficking and terrorist access to illicit firearms market. They will discuss the policy recommendations of Project SAFTE.

These recommendations will be grouped within the domains of

  • improving the intelligence picture
  • upgrading the regulatory and policy framework
  • enhancing operational capacities and cooperation

The panellists will include: 

  • Slobodan Boskovic (SEESAC)
  • Roberto Codesal (Europol) 
  • Gilles de Kerchove (EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator) – TBC
  • Simonetta Grassi (UNODC) 
  • Fabio Marini (DG Migration & Home Affairs)
  • Helen Poole (University of Northampton)
  • Jose Romero (EMPACT Firearms)

16:00 – 16:15     Closing remarks 

Jan Jambon, Deputy prime minister and minister of Security and Home Affairs of Belgium



Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Address: IJzerenkruisstraat / Rue de la Croix de Fer 99, 1000 Brussels
At walking distance (12 minutes) from Brussels Central train station.

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