On 11 and 12 June an international seminar on countering the financing of terrorism will be held in Copenhagen as part of the Danish EU Presidency. The seminar will gather experts from the U.S., the 27 EU member states, the EU institutions, international organisations and the financial sector such as Western Union. The seminar builds on a series of Danish-funded international events and reports, and aims to strengthen the international framework for countering the financing of terrorism. In this context the focus will be on the Horn of Africa region and the issue of informal money transfer systems. The Danish-funded reports can be read in full here.
Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal says:
"The recent past has highlighted the necessity of strengthening efforts to counter financial flows to terrorist networks like al-Shabaab in Somalia. Including from Denmark. Building the capacity of the authorities in the Horn of Africa region has long been a priority for Danish-supported counter-terrorism projects.
Our work, utilizing the expertise of the Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crime, has gained international recognition. I have recently agreed with Hillary Clinton that we will establish a new US-Danish partnership for the prevention of terrorism in East Africa based on the Danish experience. Here the focus will be particularly on countering the financing of terrorism. Based on the Danish work in Africa the expert seminar next week will bring together the U.S. and the EU as an important step in the process.
It is essential for me to stress that efforts to counter the financing of terrorism should not impose barriers to the very high proportion of remittances that are perfectly legitimate but also essential for sustaining the livelihoods of struggling populations, particularly in Somalia, nor stigmatizing diaspora groups in our society”.
The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs opens the expert seminar in Eigtveds Pakhus Monday 11 June at 10 AM together with the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Laurie Fulton and the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove.
Press Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jean Ellermann-Kingombe, Tel: +45 25267606