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The key role of local and regional authorities in EU security policy and related initiatives

Efus' General Assembly & Annual Conference

> panel discussion, online, 19 March, 15:00 to 16:30 CET

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Elected officials and civil security: how to take cross-border aspects into account

ALARM project on cross-border cooperation in crisis management
> webinar, 25 March, 09:30 CET
   
Group violence among youths: how to strengthen prevention?

Conference on local security of the French Forum for Urban Security
> web conference, 25 March, 14:00 CET
   
Security by design for the protection of public spaces: What can we learn from EU projects?

Security & Innovation working group (with insights from the CCI & PACTESUR projects)
> 31 March, 14:00 CET
   
European conference on preventing polarisation and violent radicalisation: How to strengthen resilience

Online conference organised by six European projects on radicalisation, including BRIDGE
> 26-29 April 2021
   
What is the role of local and regional authorities in protecting public spaces and what tools can they use to better respond to terrorist threats?

PRoTECT project on the protection of public spaces
> a series of web conferences, next session on 28 April, 14:00 CET
   
   
   

GOVERNANCE

   
During Efus' General Assembly meeting, which was held online on 15 March, members voted to renew a third of the Executive Committee. Welcome to the cities of Berlin (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Cologne (Germany), Freiburg (Germany), Paris (France) and Xàbia (Spain) as well as to the Unione della Romagna Faentina (Italy)!
   
   
   

EUROPEAN UNION

Portugal has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 January until 30 June at a time of unprecedented crisis, with Member States still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic. How will this shape the work carried by Efus and its members? A brief overview of the Portuguese presidency programme.
   
   
   

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The European SHINE project on the mitigation and prevention of sexual harassment in nightlife entertainment spots, led by the Lithuanian Centre for Crime Prevention and in which Efus is a partner, established an Advisory Board in February tasked with ensuring the project’s results reflect European diversity and build on existing knowledge and promising practices.

   
   
   

PUBLIC SPACES

Rigorously assessing the degree of vulnerability of urban public spaces, in particular ‘soft targets’ such as commercial, cultural, and sport venues, or public transport, is a top priority for many European cities. As part of the PRoTECT project, Efus is organising a series of web conferences, the first of which was held on 17 February.
In this interview, two PACTESUR project partners, the cities of Turin and of Edinburgh, discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the use of drones to protect public spaces.
   
   
   

AUDITS AND METHODOLOGY

IcARUS' second coordination meeting was held on 18 and 19 February and gathered the 18 consortium members. The six partner cities presented their priorities and challenges in the four areas covered by the project, i.e. juvenile delinquency, radicalisation, public spaces, and trafficking and organised crime. The consortium also discussed social and technological innovation in urban security. A brainstorming exercise was organised to prepare the training sessions on the Design Thinking methodology, which are scheduled in early March 2021.
As part of its on-going work on the use of technologies for security, Efus took part in a symposium on “Data and the Public Order – From descriptive to prescriptive practices” organised by the University of Groningen, Campus Fryslan (Germany), on 11 February.
   
   

DISCRIMNATORY VIOLENCE

The alternative discourse campaigns created by young people from the nine LOUD project (Young local leaders for inclusion) partner local authorities, which is led by Efus, are about to be finalised and will soon be disseminated. Posters, videos, songs… each campaign sends out a positive message against discrimination, marginalisation and intolerance.
   

>>>>> PRACTICE SHEET

The non-governmental organisation Save the Children Romania launched jointly with the Romania Safe Internet Centre a campaign to raise awareness among young people on cyber-bullying, titled “A world without fear”. This practice sheet was produced by the BeSecure FeelSecure (BSFS) project.
   
   
   

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AGENDA

   

• 19.03.2021, Efus General Assembly, The key role of local and regional authorities in EU security policy and related initiatives - Register

• 25.03.2021, ALARM, webinar, Elected representatives and civil security: how to take cross-border aspects into account - Register

• 25.03.2021, Conference on local security of the French Forum for Urban Security, web conference, Group violence among youths: how to strengthen prevention? - Register

• 31.03.2021, Security & Innovation working group, web conference, Security by design for the protection of public spaces: What can we learn from EU projects? - Register

26-29.04.2021, BRIDGE (and 5 other European projects), European conference on the prevention of polarisation and violent radicalisation: how to strengthen resilience - Register

• 28.04.2021, PRoTECT, web conference on the role of local and regional authorities in protecting public spaces, session 3 - Register

• 20-21-22.10.2021, international Security, Democracy and Cities conference - Information