Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)

EENet - Rules of Pro­ce­dure

Wiesbaden - Germany, June 2008

  • Date:2010.03.02

Preamble

The rules of procedure of the EENeT are to be seen as an agreement. Each individual issue of the rules of procedure must be approved by the majority of the EENeT`s members. The EENeT, based on its informal nature, will always be in a position to adapt the rules of procedure to changing conditions in a flexible manner. At the planned annual meetings there will be room for a critical assessment of the EENeT's evolving structure and for voting on any proposals for modification.

EENeT's Vision and Objectives

In line with the conclusions of the EENeT`s founding congress held in Wiesbaden in 2007 the EENeT members concur that a systematic monitoring of the phenomenon "terrorism" - especially considered from the perspective of radicalisation processes and development prerequisites - is an important basis for the development of a security strategy adequate to the phenomenon. Since the phenomenon is influenced by a large number of factors, a holistic phenomenon monitoring presents itself as an extremely complex undertaking, which only appears possible on a multidisciplinary basis, in close co-operation between the specialist departments and experts from the law enforcement agencies / relevant authorities and the field of science. It requires a consolidation of resources and an exchange of experience and knowledge, which, in view of the forms of international terrorism, should also be organised along international lines in particular. The EENeT will pursue the following objectives:

  • a multidisciplinary-oriented handling of terrorism issues in the sense of a holistic phenomenon monitoring from the perspective of scientific and law enforcement agencies / relevant authorities with particular focus being placed on the situation in Europe;
  • facilitating the development of stable international forms of co-operation between the various protagonists from the areas of science and law enforcement agencies / relevant authorities:
  • the establishment of an Internet platform and introduction of regular working meetings for the purpose of exchanging information on new analysis approaches and research results as well as the initiation of co-operation projects.

Membership

  1. EENeT members must be employed by an authority or belong to the community of scientists dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism in a professional manner. Membership is also possible for those retired from authorities or the scientific community if the retirees continue to be actively involved with the phenomenon of terrorism
  2. EENeT members must be employed by a European authority or a scientific institute.
  3. Membership requires acceptance of the EENeT rules of procedure.

Organisation - Working Procedures

  1. Decisions on matters of contents / organisation of the EENeT are based on the votes of its members. Any decision to be taken has to be approved by the majority of the EENeT members.
  2. The EENeT convenes annual conferences where issues that have been agreed by the EENeT members will be addressed in the form of expert presentations and / or working group sessions.
  3. At the conferences to be convened on an annual basis, the participants will begin by identifying issues to be dealt with at the follow-up conference.
    The press will not be admitted to conferences and working meetings.
  4. Written contributions will be made available to the participants unless handling restrictions are expressly and openly noted on the document.
  5. In the after-action phase of a conference there will be a voting process in writing, open to all conference participants, with the aim of assigning priorities to the issues identified, for which purpose participants will be asked to rank the issues raised in the plenary session (cf. 6) in accordance with the respective priority in their own area of responsibility.
  6. To ensure that there is a protected room for open discussions, EENeT conferences and working meetings follow the 'Chatham House Rules': The participants obligate themselves to abstain from attributing any information obtained to the name of any of the participants and from quoting them in connection with their names or any specific organisation / institution.

Steering Committee

  1. The Steering Committee (SC) has the central duty of co-ordinating the working contents of the EENeT in compliance with the tasks assigned by the members of the EENeT. The SC will act on the votes of the members and the majority to be determined in each case.
  2. The central issues identified at EENeT conferences have to be prepared for the follow-up conference by the SC.
  3. Based upon common (scientific) standards, the SC gives expert opinions on contributions handed in and has to select representations for each upcoming conference.
  4. The SC represents the EENeT vis-à-vis third parties.
  5. The SC assists in chairing / carrying out the annual conferences (plenary / workshop sessions etc.).
  6. The SC meets at least twice a year to ensure a high-quality preparation and subsequent assessment of EENeT conferences, and to be in a position to discuss EENet-related developments and to prepare corresponding voting processes among EENeT members.
  7. The SC pays attention to the implementation of the agreed EENeT rules of procedure through its administrative office.
  8. In anticipation of the EENeT size to be initially expected, and in order to ensure good communication of the SC, the SC will be composed of up to a maximum of six persons.
  9. Participation in the work of the SC presupposes EENeT membership.
  10. No country is represented on the SC by more than one person.
  11. SC members are elected by the EENeT members.
  12. The SC is elected by secret ballot.
  13. The SC is elected for a two-year term of office.
  14. If an institution of a country that is not represented on the SC hosts an EENeT conference, it is possible for the period between preparing the conference and its subsequent assessment to assign a person from the respective country to the SC so as to ensure a close mutual exchange on matters of contents between the SC of the EENeT and the respective host.

EENeT-Administrative Office
Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office)
Terrorism / Extremism Research Unit
D - 65173 Wiesbaden

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