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Press release

Paris, March 2021

   
   
Meet Efus' renewed Executive Committee!

On 15 March, members of the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) gathered online on the occasion of the network’s statutory General Assembly, and voted to renew a third of its Executive Committee members. Made up of around thirty members, the Executive Committee determines Efus’ political and strategic orientations and represents the network with institutional interlocutors. Efus members also renewed the network’s vice-presidency, composed of four members, as well as its presidency.

   
   
>>> The following local and regional authorities were elected as members of the Executive Committee:
   
The City of Berlin (Germany)

The City's objectives:

  • "Prevent terrorist attacks involving vehicles"
  • "Fight drug-related crime in public spaces"
  • "Counter crime of members of ethnically secluded and family based structures"
   
The City of Brussels (Belgium)

The City's objectives:

  • "Being on top of societal evolutions in order to anticipate emerging phenomena"
  • "Engage in constructive and critical discussions between members in order to extract shared strategies and points of view"
  • "Participate in the development of Efus as an organisation and in the development of tools of collaboration"
   
   
The City of Cologne (Germany)

The City's objectives:

  • "Promote and coordinate exchange between Efus members"
  • "Proactively raise issues, while especially representing the Rhineland region of western Germany"
  • "Undertake and promote projects on behalf of Efus"
   
The City of Freiburg (Germany)

The City's objectives:

  • "Reach our municipal aims for security and prevention through an increased European exchange and cooperation"
  • "Develop new ideas and collaboration formats to prevent and solve conflicts in public"
  • "Strengthen security and democratic values within the EU, by the close cooperation as well as sharing experiences and learning from each other at the European level"
   
The City of Paris (France)

The City's objectives:

  • "Participate in the exchanges and to the coproduction of urban security policies"
  • "Pooling our experiences for more effective prevention and security policies"
  • "Defend the values and positions carried by Efus"
   
The City of Xàbia (Spain)

The City's objectives:

  • "Promoting security in public spaces as part of a tourism activation plan, adapting to the new challenges that we must face regarding security and safety measures"
  • "Actively collaborating with our European colleagues in the promotion and proposal of new projects and security plans, with objectives such as the safety and well-being of all European citizens"
  • "Encouraging cooperation and active participation of local governments in the planning and study of public safety in urban areas, sharing of information, studying the results and applying the most effective measures"
   
Unione della Romagna Faentina (Italy)

The Community's objectives:

  • "Attend the two annual meetings of the Executive Committee and actively take part to the networking activities"
  • "Continue the experience we are carrying out in the Urban Agenda Partnership on the Security in public spaces, with special focus on capacity building and multilevel governance"
  • "Encouraging cooperation and active participation of local governments in the planning and study of public safety in urban areas, sharing of information, studying the results and applying the most effective measures"
   
>>> The following local and regional authorities were reelected:
The City of Barcelona (Spain)

The City's objectives:

  • "Keep engaged with Efus’ activities and work to expand Efus’ network "
  • "Lead strategies to respond to the new needs that our societies pose in safety and prevention issues"
  • "Share our expertise, work and methodologies"
   
The City of Brno (Czechia)

The City's objectives:

  • "Crime prevention among risk groups (seniors, children, youth, victims)"
  • "Drug prevention"
   
The City of Matosinhos (Portugal)

The City's objectives:

  • "Contribute to the active role of local authorities in the definition of regional and national safety policies"
  • "Promote a policy of proximity with the local entities and the population's concerns and definition of urban safety prevention procedures"
  • "Contribute for the promotion of gender equality and prevention of domestic violence"
   
The City of Setubal (Portugal)

The City's objectives:

  • "Promote and participate in Efus Projects and Initiatives"
  • "Participate in the Portuguese Forum for Prevention and Urban Security"
  • "Promote Efus' projects and initiatives among Portuguese cities and twinned cities"
  • Organise the International Conference on Risks, Security and Citizenship (biennial)
   
Communauté d'agglomération de La Rochelle (France)

The Community's objectives:

  • "Police-population relations"
  • "Nightlife - night council"
  • "Discriminations, domestic violence"
   
Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy)

The Region's objectives:

  • "Developing a strategic approach for local governments that can be useful for other European regions, the goal is to offer a model for asset recovery specifically tailored to local governments that can be transplanted into other European regions, which share with Emilia-Romagna the peculiarity of being non-traditional but nonetheless “at risk” areas for mafia infiltration and establishment."
  • "Increasing awareness amongst citizens of the different levels of responsibilities and the importance of coordinated action among national, regional and local governments in crime prevention strategies"
   
>>> The following local authorities were elected as Vice-Presidents:
   
The City of Mannheim (Germany)

The City's objectives:

  • "Strengthening the role of cities as a pillar of European security architecture: European Security is urban security – and vice versa"
  • "Supporting community-based crime prevention and integrating local security structures as important tools for social cohesion and peaceful cities"
  • "Ensuring adequate access for cities to the European Recovery Fund, particularly for long-term and lower-intensity projects based on prevention"
  • "Strengthening the role of Efus as a leading think tank and voice of cities in the emerging field of municipality-focused EU security programs"

   
The City of Nice (France)

The City's objectives:

  • "Creating a "reserve" of cooperation from the Forum that would be able to join the city of Nice in missions intended to respond to various requests, particularly in the Mediterranean"
  • "Initiating an "Erasmus" for our municipal police officers, considering operational secondments, particularly in tourist towns during the summer"
  • "Create a small team that could be projected, why not at the request of the European institutions, to requesting countries. This team could not only provide a national view but also a European view of the action of municipal police forces"

   
>>> The following local and regional authorities were re-elected as Vice-Presidents:
The Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain)

The Region's objectives:

  • "To achieve and maintain a balanced urban security, based on prevention and crime tackling to improve social cohesion, within our current areas of work and other areas of interest that may be dealt within the security field"
  • "To build on the improvement of security in public spaces to better address security challenges, including but not limited to improve security of vulnerable collectives such as women and elderly, preventing and eradicating social polarisation, radicalisation and discrimination; preventing and fighting domestic, sexual and gender violence; crime prevention through the design of urban space and buildings; preventing and fighting petty crime, organised crime and terrorism"
  • "To continue seeking to increase cooperation at European level through the participation in Horizon Europe and other European programmes for support of the research and development of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, as well as coordinated actions to prevent crime"
  • "To promote guidance, coordination and support to local authorities in the conception, implementation and evaluation of their local security policy, to advance in the improvement of urban security in the areas within our realm"

   
The City of Rotterdam (Netherlands)

The City's objectives:

  • "Embracing the European Philosophy, as it seems this is no longer taken for granted by every European"
  • "Building an inclusive, safe and resilient society together with all Efus members"
  • "Working together within European innovation projects and hope to inspire & be inspired by all members on safety and security issues"

   
   
>>> The City of Liège, represented by its Mayor, Willy Demeyer, was re-elected as President
   
   
   
   

>>> About the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus)


The European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is the only European network dedicated to fostering discussion, cooperation and support among local and regional authorities in the field of crime prevention and urban security. Founded in 1987, it brings together nearly 250 cities and regions from 15 countries. Recognised for its expertise by national and European institutions, Efus is a network that represents the diversity of territories and promotes the exchange of experience between local and regional authorities beyond political divisions, according to the principle of “cities helping cities”.


> Learn more : www.efus.eu


Contact

Adrien Steck, Communications officer

steck@efus.eu