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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

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How can technology protect public spaces and soft urban targets?

A webconference organised by the PRoTECT project on the protection of public spaces
> 28 April, 14:00 CET
   
How can cities ensure a fair and transparent use of artificial intelligence technologies?

Security & Innovation working group's webconference series
> 5 May, 14:00 CET
   
Promoting youth participation in the fight against discrimination, intolerance and radicalisation: how can local and regional authorities intervene?

Final event of the LOUD project on the prevention of discriminatory violence
> 26 May, 14:00 CET
   
Community Policing - what findings and solutions from the Cutting Crime Impact Project?

Security & Innovation working group's webconference series
> 9 June, 14:00 CET
   
   

NETWORK LIFE

   
Organised online during the week of 15 March, Efus' 2021 General Assembly meeting included, besides the statutory AGM and the election of the Executive Committee, a series of conferences and workshops on key themes for our association – the New Leipzig Charter, the respect of the rule of law in the EU, the role of local and regional authorities in European security policies – as well as a workshop to prepare the international Security, Democracy & Cities conference (20-22 October).
   
   
   

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

The ALARM project, which is led by the fire and emergency response service of the department of Nord in France (SDIS 59) and in which Efus is a partner, organised a webinar on the role of local elected officials in cross-border cooperation between France and Belgium regarding the management of civil risks, on 25 March.
   
   

PUBLIC SPACES

The French Forum for Urban Security (FFSU) and Efus organised a web conference on the prevention of group violence among young people – a phenomenon of particular interest and relevance to communities both in France and across Europe, on the occasion of the FFSU's National Convention on Local Security, on 25 March.
   
   
How can cities preserve their open and welcoming nature while ensuring security for their residents and visitors? Efus’ working group on Security & Innovation organised a web conference to address urban planning, design and management of security in public spaces jointly with the Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) and the PACTESUR projects, in which Efus is a partner.
   
   
A partner in the PACTESUR project, Efus organised an online workshop in which the consortium and representatives from the Expert Advisory Committee and the Associated Cities Group discussed and elaborated recommendations to improve the planning and implementation of physical security measures against risks inherent to public spaces.
   
   
Efus is pleased to present Secu4All's new logo. Secu4All aims to empower local and regional authorities with theoretical knowledge and practical tools to ensure the security of public spaces and the protection of soft targets (i.e. sports venues, shopping centres, schools,...) against potential threats. Secu4All will develop training for local authorities to provide citizens with a safe urban environment by reducing the risks in public spaces.
   
As part of the PRoTECT project in which it is a partner, Efus organised a web conference on the considerations cities should take into account when choosing technologies to protect their public spaces, on 17 March.
   
   

POLARISATION & RADICALISATION

   
Five BRIDGE project experts analyse the benefits and difficulties of collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Such cooperation is central to the BRIDGE project in order to provide municipalities with effective methodologies, tools and indicators to prevent and mitigate polarisation at the local and regional level. Efus has long promoted such cooperation between research and practice.
   
   

DISCRIMINATORY VIOLENCE

Representing Efus, the Mayor of Matosinhos (Portugal), Luísa María Neves Salgueiro, took part in a panel discussion with other city-wide networks organised by the Peace in Our Cities (PiOC) initiative during the UN Commission on the Status of Women annual meeting in New York.
   
The MATCH SPORT project’s six partner cities, three expert organisations and Efus, the project leader, organised training sessions on the prevention of discriminatory violence for local practitioners, municipal staff and their local partners, between November 2020 and March 2021.
   
   
The LOUD project (Local Young Leaders for Inclusion) will conclude on 26 May with an online event (14:00 to 16:00 CET) to present the alternative discourse campaigns created by youngsters from the project's nine partner cities. The conference will also be an occasion to collectively work on recommendations for other local and regional authorities that wish to involve young citizens in such prevention initiatives.

Participants will work on the following questions: Why do local and regional authorities need to become more visible online in order to promote alternative messages? What measures and tools do they have at their disposal to counter conspiracy theories and extremist and hate speech? What is the added value of involving young people in designing and implementing initiatives against discrimination? Registration is open (free of charge) here. Simultaneous interpretation available in English and French.

   
   
   

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Efus took part in a workshop organised (online) on 2 March by the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) of the European Commission on the use of drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and the measures that can be taken to effectively control and monitor their use, which can, intentionally or otherwise, prove dangerous.
   

>>>>> FACT SHEETS & PRACTICE SHEETS

   
Civic technology can be used to promote a security model that is integrated and co-produced with citizens. Such citizen participation is already happening through social media, platforms, apps and messaging services. This factsheet details how mobile crime alerting applications can be used to this end.
The City of Amsterdam has designed a multi-agency project to tackle problems linked to nightlife and chose to pilot it in the Rembrandt Square neighbourhood. This practice sheet presents this project, which has improved the quality of the local nightlife and contributed to reducing incidents and violence.
   
   

>>>>> DID YOU KNOW?

Efus has produced over the years some 60 publications on a wide range of topics: drugs, women, police, youth, sport, discrimination, radicalisation... Published in several languages, these books are a unique resource in Europe and available free of charge for our members.
   

AGENDA

   

• 26-29.04.2021, BRIDGE (and 5 other European projects), European conference on preventing polarisation and violent radicalisation: How to strengthen resilience - Register

• 28.04.2021, PRoTECT, Web conference : How can technology protect public spaces and soft urban targets? - Register

• 05.05.2021, Web conference, How can cities ensure a fair and transparent use of AI technologies? - Register

• 26.05.2021, LOUD, Final event : Promoting youth participation in the fight against discrimination, intolerance and radicalisation: how can local and regional authorities intervene? - Register

• 09.06.2021, Web conference, Community Policing - what findings and solutions from the Cutting Crime Impact Project? - Register

• 20-21-22.10.2021, International Security, Democracy and Cities conference - Informations