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More than 1,000 of you took part in the webconferences we've organised since the beginning of the sanitary crisis. We propose to further these debates with weekly meetings and broaden them to all our work topics. The programme will be available shortly on our dedicated web page. Are you interested in a particular topic? Efus is at your disposal to set up a session. Please send in your suggestions to

Since the beginning of the crisis, Efus' team has been gathering case studies of initiatives developped by local and regional authorities to respond to the security issues they have been facing. Join us and continue to share your experiences in our thematic groups. For members only.




Are you interested in harm reduction policies to tackle drug consumption? The Efus-led SOLIDIFY project, which concluded in March, is a reference in this field. It explored supervised drug consumption rooms as a tool for reducing harm, and looked at what local authorities can do to foster acceptance among local residents. The information on this project has recently been updated and completed and is available online.



The LOUD (“Young Leaders for Inclusion”) project delivered on 22 April its second webinar on alternative narrative campaigns as a prevention tool that local and regional authorities can use to tackle discrimination with a presentation by expert Maria Lozano on the key steps to follow to ensure the campaign is impactful and reaches the target audience(s).



The BRIDGE project (“Building resilience to reduce polarisation and growing extremism”) organised a series of three online web conferences on 23 and 30 April and 7 May replacing the two-day meeting that was originally scheduled in Düsseldorf (DE) on 23 and 24 April and had to be cancelled because of the lockdown measures imposed throughout Europe in response to the Covid-19 crisis.


The public health crisis linked to Covid-19 has had considerable impact on the development and use of technologies to support the fight against the pandemic, especially those driven by artificial intelligence systems. However, we need to carefully weigh the impact of these new technologies on the protection of fundamental rights.



Professor at the Universities of Gdansk, Tübingen and Rome Tor Vergata, formerly Chief Advisor to the Mayor of Gdansk, and expert with the PACTESUR project on the protection of public spaces against terrorist threats, Mariusz Czepczyński analyses the consequences of the Covid-19 sanitary crisis on the protection and use of public spaces.




Read the 2019 activity report highlights: thematic projects, working groups, the network’s social life and international activities...

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> 4 June, 10 AM (CEST)

Can emergency planning systems respond to the new risk posed by the Covid-29 pandemic? Are prevention actors associated to emergency planning as is the case, for example, for terrorist attacks? Two experts will answer these and your questions during a webconference organised by Efus and broadcast online on Thursday 4 June, 10:00 CEST. Registration is free but mandatory.
> 24 June, 11 AM (CEST) - Webinar n°4

The Efus-led LOUD project (“Young Local Leaders for Inclusion”) continues with its series of webinars. The next one, on how to measure and evaluate an alternative discourse campaign, will be presented by Gifty Boachie, data strategist and expert with the project, and broadcast online on Wednesday 24 June at 11:00 CEST. Registration is free but mandatory.
> 25 June, 11 AM (CEST)

This meeting will be part of a series of webconferences on technologies and urban security, and follows the first session: “Using technologies to control the pandemic: Could privacy also be a victim of Covid-19?” that was held on 26 May. Registration is free but mandatory.



Essen (DE) was a front runner in Europe when it opened its supervised drug consumption room in 2001 as part of its global harm reduction policy. To this day, the facility contributes significantly to the reduction of drug consumption in public spaces.



The only European network of local and regional authorities dedicated to fostering discussion, cooperation and support among local and regional authorities in the field of crime prevention and urban security, Efus offers its members:
  • access to a network of more than 250 European local and regional authorities as well as numerous international partners and experts
  • participation in European cooperation projects
  • support in the design, implementation and evaluation of local policies
  • trainings and study visits.



04/06/2020, Webconference - Emergency Planning, a key tool in health crisis management? - Information


Coordination meeting of the partnership on public spaces of the European Urban Agenda

24/06/2020, LOUD, Webinar n°4 - Information


Webconference - Technologies based on artificial intelligence in urban security: predictive policing - Information

25-26-27/11/2020, Security, Democracy and Cities Conference, Nice, France - Information