EFI Survey on incidents against places of worship

The ongoing conflict in the Middle East is significantly affecting the security and stability of European communities. Recent incidents, including the arson attack on a synagogue in Berlin and an attempted arson at a mosque in Bochum, Germany, underscore the growing security apprehensions in Europe. Amid this conflict, religious communities in Europe, especially the Jewish [...]

By |2023-11-07T10:57:52+00:00November 7th, 2023|News|

Attending Antwerp Cricket Club Finals Day In Vlaanderen

EFI team were privileged to be invited by the Belgium Cricket Board to attend the #CricketVlaanderen tournament finals day at Antwerp Cricket Club on 24th September 2023. It was an incredible experience to see the best cricket clubs in Belgium facing off from different backgrounds and cultures, playing exciting cricket with full crowds present to [...]

By |2023-10-02T13:58:48+00:00October 2nd, 2023|News|

Faith Community Sports Development Consultation Held In Brussels

On Tuesday 19th September 2023, EFI organised a closed-room consultation with key community leaders involved in Sports in Belgium and Germany in Brussels. The 1-day consultation meeting discussed potential strategies for developing sports in Belgium, Germany and wider Europe in 2024. This discussion focused around the United Nations #Sport2030 agenda. This agenda is focused how [...]

By |2023-10-02T13:52:20+00:00October 2nd, 2023|News|

Brussels SOAR launch event attended by faith leaders from across 5 EU member states

The SOAR (Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities) project held a launch and networking event on the 7th of October, 2021, in Brussels. In attendance were various faith leaders, faith institution management, volunteers, law enforcement collaborators and EU representatives. The SOAR project’s consortium partners- led by Enhancing Faith Institutions (EFI), [...]

By |2023-02-03T15:18:25+00:00October 11th, 2021|News|

EFI presents the SOAR project on a panel at the European Academy of Religion Conference 2021

The hybrid #EuARe2021 conference is organized by the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, and focuses on the overarching topic of ‘Religion and Change’. EFI successfully presented its European Commission funded project, SOAR, on the panel titled “An Introduction to the SOAR ‘Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities’ program”. We also had an informational [...]

By |2023-02-03T15:18:54+00:00September 14th, 2021|News|

SOAR Project – Overview of Programme & Vision

The consortium partners are excited to announce the start of the ‘Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities’ (SOAR) project. The SOAR project will contribute to advancing the protection and safeguarding of places for worship, with a focus on communities of worship within the European Union (EU). SOAR is funded [...]

By |2023-02-03T15:19:42+00:00June 4th, 2021|News|

Places of Worship Vulnerability Assessment – European Commision

Vulnerability assessment Following recently attacks in Europe, the European Commission have produced an article looking into the aspects that need to be considered when planning the physical protection scheme of places of worship. The next component of the risk analysis is the identification of the inherent vulnerabilities of a particular place of worship. Below several considerations are [...]

By |2023-02-03T15:20:11+00:00February 3rd, 2021|News|

Turkish mosque in Denmark defaced with anti-Muslim slurs

Turkish mosque in Denmark near the German border has been defaced with anti-Muslim slurs, an official at the place of worship said Saturday. Hurşit Tokay, the president of the mosque association, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he left Aabenraa Mosque on Friday at 6 p.m. When he arrived at around 11 a.m. Saturday, he noticed [...]

By |2021-12-06T10:04:06+00:00January 28th, 2021|News|

Security Union: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda and stronger Europol to boost the EU’s resilience

The below is taken from the official website of the European Commission    The EU Commission is presenting a new Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU to step up the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and boost the EU's resilience to terrorist threats. Building on the work done in recent years, the Agenda seeks to support [...]

By |2021-12-06T10:03:27+00:00January 18th, 2021|News|

Germany: Muslims concerned about rise of Islamophobic Attacks

By Mesut Zeyrek COLOGNE (AA): Germany’s Turkish-Muslim community is alarmed by the increase in Islamophobic hate crimes, senior figures told Anadolu Agency Monday. Kemal Ergun, president of the Turkish-Muslim association IGMG, said more and more mosques have become the targets of threats, vandalism or arson in recent months. “At least 122 mosques were targeted in [...]

By |2021-12-06T10:02:58+00:00January 8th, 2021|News|