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Due to the evolution of the sanitary crisis and in a context where the ability to travel is still unclear, we have decided to postpone our international Security, Democracy & Cities conference, which was scheduled for May 2021. In order to welcome you in the best conditions, ensure a full European participation and guarantee this event's international dimension, we invite you to join us on 20, 21 and 22 October 2021 in Nice (France).
   
   
   
EXCHANGES BETWEEN CITIES
   

Security & Innovation working group

> 22 January, 11am - web conference

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

PRoTECT project on the protection of public spaces

> 3 web conferences between February and March

“What tools for the protection of public spaces and soft targets?” Efus launches a series of web conferences to exchange on the tools developped in the framework of the PRoTECT project and to highlight the role of local and regional authorities in protecting public spaces.
   
   
   

URBAN AGENDA

   
The Partnership on the Security of public spaces of the Urban Agenda for the European Union, which was set up in 2019 with the aim of strengthening the role of local and regional authorities in European urban security policies and is jointly coordinated by the City of Nice (France), the City of Madrid (Spain) and Efus, has published its Action Plan.
   
   
   

THE CITY AT NIGHT

   
Efus' two working groups on Nightlife and on Security and Innovation organised a web conference on nightlife and security, on 24 November, as part of the Right to Partying Festival (États généraux du droit à la fête) of Efus’ long-time partner, the Culture Bar-Bars collective. The outcomes of the festival, which brought together more than 160,000 people online according to the organisers, will be compiled in a White Paper to be presented to the French Parliament and to local and regional authorities.
   
   
   

PUBLIC SPACES

Efus launched in December the Secu4All European project, which seeks to strengthen the capabilities of local and regional authorities in ensuring the security of public spaces and the protection of soft targets (i.e. sport venues, shopping malls, schools, transport system...) against potential risks.
   
Places of worship and holy sites are soft and attractive targets for those who wish to cause harm and spread fear. How can we prevent attacks and guarantee the sanctity of religious sites and the safety of worshippers? How can we find a balance between stricter security protocols and preserving the open nature of such places?
This guide, produced in the framework of the PACTESUR project on the protection of public spaces, explores key principles of urban planning and design to create public spaces that are safe, open and accessible to all.
Efus shared its experience on the security of public spaces during a workshop organised by the SafeCi European project on the protection of such spaces against terrorist attacks, which gathered some 150 attendees representing police authorities from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Sweden as well as other security practitioners and researchers, and was held both physically in Berlin and online on 2 and 3 December.
   
   
   
   

RADICALISATION & POLARISATION

   
A long-time partner of Efus and an expert with the BRIDGE project, Tim Chapman is an internationally known specialist in restorative justice, an approach he has used for years in Northern Ireland to re-build relationships between the Protestant and Catholic communities. He explains how this approach can be used to reduce polarisation.
   
The partners of the Efus-led BRIDGE project (Building resilience to reduce polarisation and growing extremism) discussed their local pilot actions during their 4th coordination meeting, which was held online on 25 November. In particular, they highlighted the benefits of the restaurative approach, which seeks to re-build relationships between opposing individuals or groups.

The Efus-led BRIDGE project (Building resilience to reduce polarisation and growing extremism) held online its third European seminar, which focused on “Responding to the vicious cycle of far right and religious extremist agitation: Lessons learned”, on 26 November.

   
   

>>>>> PRACTICE SHEET

The French municipality of Valence offers rugby sessions to young people from deprived neighbourhoods. The scheme is also a way to reach out to families. This practice sheet was produced by the MATCH-SPORT project. Also, please be aware that the #weplayfair campaign continues. We encourage you to spread it on your own social media!
   
   
   

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AGENDA

   

22.01.2021, Security & Innovation working group, web conference : “Drones: What advantages and risks in using them to prevent petty crime?” - Register

• 11.02.2021, Efus will participate in the webconference : Data and the public order: From descriptive to prescriptive practices - Register

• 17.02.2021, PRoTECT, web conference on security in public spaces, session 1 - Register

• 15-19.03.2021, Efus' General Assembly meeting (online)

• 17.03.2021, PRoTECT, web conference on security in public spaces, session 2 - Register

• 28.04.2021, PRoTECT, web conference on security in public spaces, session 3 - Register

• 20-21-22.10.2021, International Security, Democracy and Cities Conference, Nice, Information