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The third BRIDGE European Seminar will be held online on 26-27 November. It will include a contribution by Götz Nordbruch, expert and co-director of the German NGO ufuq.de, which specialises in Islamist radicalisation. The event is open to the public > REGISTER
   
   
   

NETWORK LIFE

The 25th German Prevention Congress, which was hosted by the city of Kassel and held online on 28 and 29 September, focused on the impact of the digital revolution on urban security and crime prevention. Efus attended the event with the aim of enriching its knowledge and on-going work on the topic of security and innovation, which it carries out through its eponymous working group.
The second European Week of Security was officially launched on Monday 19 October and will last until Friday 23rd October. A partner in the PACTESUR project, Efus has organised on this occasion several sessions in which representatives of the project's Expert Advisory Committee and associated cities shared their experience in protecting public spaces against risks across Europe.
As a member of the Global Network on Safer Cities, Efus is taking part in the “40 days for Safer Cities Challenge”, an international campaign that aims to raise awareness about local actions for security in cities and for crime prevention. By supporting this campaign, Efus seeks to raise awareness among its members and partners on the importance of innovation and the inclusion of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals in urban security policies.
   
   

AUDITS & METHODOLOGY

Maija Katkovska is the Coordinator of the Latvian Safer Internet Centre and an expert with the Be Secure-Feel Secure (BSFS) project. Like other Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe, this organisation seeks to protect Internet users, in particular children, from cyber harm. We have asked her to present her work and some examples of European good practices carried out in European countries.

   
   

ORGANISED CRIME

Efus' working group on organised crime – set up in December 2019 and led by the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam – held a working session on how to locally combat the ever-expanding presence of organised criminal groups in local life, on 23 September. The group discussed the three topics it will focus on in the foreseeable future: organised crime in European ports, trafficking in human beings (THB), and organised crime and the legal economy.
   
   

POLARISATION & RADICALISATION

Three European projects on polarisation – the Efus-led BRIDGE (“Building resilience to reduce polarisation and growing extremism”), BRaVE (“Building resilience against violent extremism and polarisation”), led by the European University Institute, and GREASE (“Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion: Bringing together European and Asian Perspectives”), an EU-funded global research project, organised jointly a seminar on indicators that measure the impact and effectiveness of public policies and practices against polarisation, on 23 September.

A group of Leuven's (Belgium) urban security stakeholders – staff of various municipal departments, local police officers, local mediators, representatives of youth associations as well as members of Leuven Restorative City, a network of organisations promoting restorative practices to deal with conflicts – took part in a training session on polarisation and restorative practices, on 30 September. This was the first stage of the city’s BRIDGE pilot project.

   
   
   

SECURITY & INNOVATION

Over the past few months, Efus’ working group on Security & Innovation organised three web conferences on new technologies in urban security, which gathered in total some 90 participants: representatives of European local and regional authorities, policymakers, experts, and civil society members. A second series is about to start. Save the dates of 30 October, 24 November, and 22 January 2021.

   
   

DISCRIMINATORY VIOLENCE

   
   

In order to provide local actors with tools to tackle discrimination, intolerance and extremism at the local level, Efus delivered between March and June a series of four training webinars on how to prepare, design and disseminate an alternative narrative campaign. We have asked representatives of three of the municipalities that took part in this training to give us their feedback.

As part of the European Week of Sport, which is held each year on 23-30 September, the MATCH-SPORT project (“Make Amateur Sport Tolerant by Eliminating Racism and Discrimination”) organised an online awareness campaign about discrimination and violence in amateur sport as well as two web conferences that gathered some 30 project partners and other Efus members or partners.

   

>>>>> PRACTICE SHEET

The municipality of Loano views sport as a tool for alleviating the difficulties encountered by minorities and vulnerable groups, and has been working for some time on this issue with the third sector. It has recently started working on the inclusion of disabled people. This practice sheet was produced as part of the MATCH-SPORT project.
   
   
   

>>>>> DID YOU KNOW?

Published at the end of Efus' international conference in Barcelona, in 2017, the “Security, Democracy and Cities” manifesto states the principles on which Efus and its members base their work. This document will inform the discussions to be held during Efus' next international conference, on 26, 27 and 28 May 2021 in Nice (FR).
   

AGENDA

   

30.10.2020, Working group on Security & Innovation  - Web conference on crime alert apps - Information

• 24.10.2020, Working groups on Nightlife and on Security & InnovationWeb conference on the feeling of insecurity - Information

26.10.2020BRIDGE - European seminar - Inscription

26-27-28.05.2021, “Security, Democracy & Cities” international conference, Nice, France - Information

   
   
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