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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

   
The European Forum for Urban Security's 2020 General Assembly will be held on 26-27 March in Riga (LV). A key event in the life of our association, it will be an opportunity to take stock of the activities conducted in 2019 and to discuss priorities for the next few years. This year's GA meeting will also include preparatory work for our 2020 “Security, Democracy and Cities” international conference.
Furthermore, the municipality of Riga will organise several field visits to showcase some of their local projects:
  • Security strategy and measures during large public events (in English)
  • CCTV centre and new technologies in communication with the media (in English)
  • Visit of the NGO “Mozaīka” (in English: French translation provided)
     
   

Led since May 2017 by the University of Toulouse II - Le Mirail, the European PRACTICIES (Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in Cities) project will conclude this trimester and hold its final conference on 25-26 March in Riga (LV) on the occasion of Efus' General Assembly.

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EFUS AND EUROPE

Efus meets with the European Commission to discuss the EU's future strategy on security

Efus, represented by its President, Willy Demeyer, Mayor of Liège (BE), took part in a meeting at the European Commission with the Commissioner and Vice President in charge of "Promoting our European way of life", Margaritis Schinas, and the Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, on 14 February in Brussels. The aim was to discuss how Efus could contribute to the development of the new EU Security Strategy, foreseen in the Commission's work programme for this year.

   
   

POLARISATION

   

As part of the Efus-led BRIDGE European project on “Building resilience to reduce polarisation and growing extremism”, three audit visits were conducted in January, respectively in the department of Val d'Oise (FR) and the towns of Leuven (BE) and Vaulx-en-Velin (FR).

   
   

DISCRIMINATORY VIOLENCE

As part of the LOUD project, which aims to foster inclusive environments for young people in order to prevent them from drifting into intolerance and extremist behaviours, Efus will organise four webinars aimed at municipal and local actors who are developing or planning an alternative narrative communication campaign.

 >>> Webinar 1  - 19 March, 11 PM

Maria Lozano, expert on preventing and combating violent radicalisation, member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Steering Committee.
  • The role of alternative narratives in preventing discrimination, polarisation and radicalisation at the local level
  • What do successful alternative narrative campaigns look like?
  • Which actors should be involved and what is their role?
  • What are the benefits of this involvement and what would further collaboration look like?

 >>> Webinar 2  - 22 April

Maria Lozano, expert on preventing and combating violent radicalisation, member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Steering Committee.
  • How to design an alternative narrative campaign?
  • How to create messages that offer a positive alternative to discriminatory speeches?
Kelsey Bjornsgaard, Senior Advisor at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think tank specialised in extremism
  • How to create an effective campaign, reach the target audience and spread the message?

 >>> Webinar 4  - June (date to be confirmed)

  • How to measure and evaluate an alternative narrative campaign?
   
   

PUBLIC SPACES

Members of the Partnership on Security in Public Spaces of the Urban Agenda for the European Union, including Efus, took part in their fifth coordination meeting hosted in Faenza (IT) by the Unione Romagna Faentina, which gathers six communes from the Emilia Romagna Region (IT), on 5-7 February.

     
   
   
As a number of young residents of the city of Nice (FR) and the department of Alpes Maritimes have travelled to the Middle East war zones over the past few years, the municipality designed a range of activities aimed at preventing violent radicalisation and supporting families. This practice sheet was produced as part of the PRACTICIES (“Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in Cities”) European project.
   
   

METHODOLOGIES

The Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) project, which seeks to enable law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and other public authorities to reduce the impact of petty crime, organised a DesignLab session on “measuring and mitigating citizens’ feeling of insecurity”, on 30-31 January in Barcelona (ES).

   

>>>>> PRACTICE SHEET

   

As a number of young residents of the city of Nice (FR) and the department of Alpes Maritimes have travelled to the Middle East war zones over the past few years, the municipality designed a range of activities aimed at preventing violent radicalisation and supporting families. This practice sheet was produced as part of the PRACTICIES (“Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in Cities”) European project.

   
   

>>>>> DID YOU KNOW?

Would you like to take part in this event? Find out everything you need to know and register at: https://efusconference2020.eu/
   

AGENDA

   

27-28/02/2020, MATCH-SPORT, Coordination meeting, Liège, Belgium

• 12-13/03/2020, LOUD, 3rd coordination meeting, Reggio Emilia, Italy

19/03/2020LOUD, Webinar (1/4) - Information

25-26/03/2020,

PRACTICIES, Final conference, Riga, Latvia - Information

26-27/03/2020, Assemblée Générale de l'Efus, Riga, Lettonie - Information

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

   
   
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