The SOAR (Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities) project held a national networking event on the 7th October 2022, in Vienna, Austria. In attendance were various faith leaders, faith institution management, architects & elected representatives.

The SOAR project, led by Enhancing Faith Institutions (EFI), delivered presentations highlighting key objectives, resources, and work delivered by the project to the audience. The engagement consisted of dialogue and engagement between the different audiences, discussing the work of the EU & SOAR to protect at-risk communities and institutions, assessing collaborate ways forward in Austria.

SOAR builds upon the European Commission’s 2020 strategy on increasing the protection of public places, including places of worship. The project promotes interfaith collaboration and caters support to advance community safety and security capabilities via trainings for all faith communities alike. The SOAR consortium supports local faith communities and places of worship across seven pilot countries in Europe including France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands, and Denmark.

Representation from the Muslim and Sikh communities were prominent at the event, with involvement from Islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft Österreich and central gurdwara in Vienna.

Below are some key moments from the event: