17th European Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Terrorism statement by the European Commission

“Today, we come together to listen, to support survivors, and above all to honour all victims of terrorism.

To all who seek to hurt and divide us, we will continue to respond with unity. Our democracies will always strive to protect our fundamental rights, freedoms, and values. We are committed to building inclusive and cohesive societies in which everyone has a stake and everyone can feel safe.

It is our common responsibility to continue supporting victims and their loved ones. Because of the nature of this crime, victims of terrorism require tailored support and special protection. This is one of the objectives of the newly launched EU Strategy on Victims’ Rights.

We are building up the European Union’s resilience to prevent these attacks in the first place. We are fighting the terrorist threat, which increasingly results from different forms of extremism and is increasingly digital. We are taking steps to block online terrorist propaganda, to stop terrorists from spreading hatred online. But no one can fight crime without taking care of its victims.

On this day of remembrance, we stand united and in solidarity with all the victims and survivors of these acts.”

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