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SafeCi (Safer Space for Safer Cities) workshop on the protection of public spaces

> 2 & 3 December

Efus will present its network and the work it is conducting on public spaces during this workshop on technological innovation and security and the role of European networks in protecting public spaces.

Working group on Security & Innovation

> web conference, 22 January, 11h00-12h00, CET

"Drones: What advantages and risks in using them to prevent petty crime?"


Located in the centre of Budapest and known to be one of its liveliest areas, in particular thanks to its thriving nightlife, the Hungarian capital's 7th district recently joined Efus. We met with Mayor Péter Niedermüller, formerly an MEP, who was elected at the district council in 2019.
Efus and representatives of the cities of Nice (France) and Madrid (Spain), the three co-leaders of the Partnership on Security in Public Spaces of the Urban Agenda for the EU, as well as the Eurocities network and the World Health Organisation (WHO) discussed the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on cities and regions, the lessons they've learned and how they can better prepare for future challenges during a workshop organised online by the Urban Agenda Partnership, on 16 October.


Efus has become a partner association of the Peace in Our Cities (PiOC) global initiative launched in September 2019 with the objective of reducing worldwide urban violence by half in the coming decade. Efus will contribute to PiOC’s collective learning by sharing the knowledge acquired over three decades through working with European cities and regions and peer-to-peer exchanges.



With a population of about 100,000, Leuven is the capital of the Flemish-Brabant province of Belgium. A diverse city where 31.5% of the inhabitants are of foreign origin, Leuven has also been named European Capital of Innovation 2020 by the European Commission. Efus has met with Mayor Mohamed Ridouani.
Efus presented the indicators and tools on local phenomena of polarisation that was designed by the BRIDGE (Building resilience to reduce polarisation and growing extremism) project, which it leads, during an online meeting of central and eastern European local authorities on the prevention of radicalisation, on 27 October.



Susanne Skov Diemer is a consultant, risk mitigation and security specialist with 25 years of experience in the field. Since 2019, she has been a member of the PACTESUR Expert Advisory Committee. Her new book explores how citizens can be better prepared to respond to potential threats in their daily life - from terrorist and cyber attacks to natural catastrophes.



Can crime alerting applications improve victim support? Can they provide reliable information on the dark number of crime and on feelings of insecurity? What are their legal, ethical and social implications? These were the main topics of a web conference organised by Efus’ Security & Innovation working group, on 30 October. The event gathered representatives of local and regional authorities, science and research organisations, and civil society.




Broadcast on Facebook and Instagram during the European Week of Sport, the #weplayfair campaign on the prevention of discriminatory violence in amateur sport reached two million viewers. Designed in partnership with the members of the MATCH-SPORT European project, the campaign includes a series of slogans and lively images that call for viewers to take part in prevention actions. After a successful launch, #weplayfair will continue with regular posts on social media up until the end of this year.

The Efus-led LOUD European project (young local leaders for inclusion) is organising an online event to present the alternative discourse campaigns created by youngsters from the nine partner local authorities. Posters, videos, songs... each campaign has a positive message against discrimination, marginalisation and intolerance. The event will also include a debate on the issues raised by the youngsters, such as combating discrimination, equal opportunities, relations between men and women, conspiracy theories and fake news. The date will be announced shortly.



What is facial recognition? How do cities use this technology? What ethical questions does it raise? This factsheet was prepared by the Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) project.


Efus led the SOLIDIFY project on Supervised Drug Consumption Rooms (SCDRs) between 2018 and 2020. Gathering 13 partners, the project sought to provide cities that host an SDCR or plan to do so with supporting tools to facilitate the establishment of such a facility in their territory and measure its local impact. The publication is available here.



2/3.12.2020, SafeCi Workshop  - Presentation of Efus and on its work on public spaces - Information

• 10.12.2020, MATCH-SPORT, Partners information meeting

17.12.2020, IcARUS - Coordination meeting

22.01.2021, Working group on Security & Innovation, Web conference : Drones: What advantages and risks in using them to prevent petty crime? - Information