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22 March, 2016

On March 22, 2016, coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) at Brussels Airport and Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station in Brussels resulted in 32 deaths and over 300 injuries, marking the deadliest attacks on Belgium since World War II.

The Origin

V-Europe, established in 2016 by VoT (Victims of Terrorism), emerged as a vital force in fostering solidarity and mutual support among victims of terrorism in Belgium and beyond. For the first time in Belgian history, V-Europe provided a safe space for VoT to connect, share their experiences, and find solace in a shared understanding of their unique struggles. This sense of community offered much-needed emotional support and a platform for collective advocacy. 

In January 2017, V-Europe boldly presented their concerns to the Belgian parliamentary enquiry commission investigating the March 22, 2016 attacks. Their testimony sent shockwaves through Belgium and resonated across Europe, bringing to light the plight of victims and the shortcomings of existing support systems. This public revelation highlighted the urgent need for improved communication and information exchange to prevent misunderstandings and ensure timely and appropriate support for victims. As a result of their impactful advocacy, V-Europe became a key communication partner and interlocutor for official bodies. They played a pivotal role in advocating for victims' rights and well-being, working tirelessly to implement these rights in collaboration with policymakers.


V-Europe's efforts have been instrumental in shaping policies that address the needs of victims, ensuring they receive the recognition and support they deserve. Through their dedication, V-Europe has not only supported individual victims but also contributed to a broader understanding and improvement of victim support systems across Europe. Their work has left a lasting impact, ensuring that victims of terrorism receive the care, recognition, and support they need to heal and rebuild their lives.

A Unique Perspective

V-Europe's distinctiveness lies in its unique dual focus and membership structure. Unlike traditional non-governmental organizations that advocate on behalf of others, V-Europe embodies a lived experience of terrorism, with both the organization and its members directly impacted by such events. This positions V-Europe as both advocate and beneficiary, creating a powerful synergy between its mission and its membership. As an organization founded and driven by individuals who have experienced the repercussions of terrorism firsthand, V-Europe possesses unparalleled insight and empathy, enabling it to authentically amplify the voices of those it serves and advocate for their needs with unwavering conviction.

V-Europe's Mission

V-Europe's mission is to support victims of terrorism through a comprehensive and multifaceted approach, encompassing advocacy, empowerment, and prevention. The organization champions victims' rights and well-being, providing access to essential services and promoting their voices and perspectives in policy discussions. V-Europe empowers victims, supporting their recovery and reintegration into society, and recognizes their expertise as "experts by experience."

The organization promotes best practices for providing assistance, protection, and support to victims, and collaborates with governments, international organizations, and civil society actors to develop and implement comprehensive support systems. V-Europe also recognizes the importance of prevention in mitigating the impact of terrorism, engaging in initiatives aimed at preventing radicalization and violent extremism, promoting social cohesion, and fostering a culture of peace and tolerance.


Belgian VoT of these attacks are represented at V-Europe:

  • Jewish Museum Belgium (Belgium - 24/05/014)
  • Bamako street (Mali - 06/03/2015)
  • Tunis (Tunisia - 18/03/2015)
  • Sousse (Tunisia - 26/06/2015)
  • Paris (France - 13/11/2015)
  • Bamako Hotel (Mali - 20/11/2015)
  • Rue deu Dries (Belgium - 15/03/2016)
  • Brussels (Belgium - 22/03/2016)
  • Nice (France - 14/07/2016)
  • Schaerbeek (Belgium -  05/10/2016)
  • Istanbul (Turkey - 01/01/2017)
  • Stockholm (Sweden - 07/04/2017)
  • Barcelona (17/08/2017)
  • New York (USA - 31/10/2017)
  • Liege (Belgium - 29/05/2018)
  • Schaerbeek (Belgium - 10/11/2022)
  • Brussels (16/10/2023)

Core Values

  • V-Europe's unwavering dedication to supporting victims of terrorism is rooted in its core values. The organization prioritizes the needs, rights, and well-being of victims, ensuring that every decision and action is focused on their interests. 
  • V-Europe operates under a set of guiding principles that ensure transparency, accountability, and collaboration in all its endeavors.

  • V-Europe fosters ethical, trusting, and constructive relationships with like-minded associations, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations that align with its values and mission.
  • V-Europe is committed to providing professional support to Victims of Terrorism (VoT) while upholding the highest standards of safety and confidentiality.