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What is Project SAFTE?

SAFTE stands for Studying the Acquisition of illicit Firearms by Terrorists in Europe.
Project SAFTE is an international research project funded by the European Commission.
Research is conducted by an international network of firearms experts. It is coordinated by the Flemish Peace Institute (Belgium).

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Four research questions

  1. What are the characteristics of illicit firearms markets in the EU?
  2. Who are the main actors involved in these illicit markets? How do terrorists access these markets?
  3. What is the national and EU regulatory framework to combat terrorist access to illicit firearms markets?
  4. What recommendations can be provided to EU policy makers, Member States and Third Countries to reduce and prevent terrorist access to illicit firearms markets?

Recent news


On October 27th, the researchers participating in Project SAFTE met in Brussels for the third and final research seminar to discuss the analyses made so far.


On June 20th 2017, the Project SAFTE researchers participated in a second research seminar in Brussels. At this seminar each country team presented the results of their country study.