Following the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) 2012 Conference on “the future of prevention”, after which the Manifesto of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis was published; Efus launched an initiative called “Sharing the Manifesto”.
This new initiative aims to encourage dialogue between local European authorities, civil society and other parties involved in urban safety and security issues, including the private sector. As part of the initiative, debates, conferences, study days and many other events have been organised with and by local authorities, with citizens and at the institutional level.
Efus and its members (European local authorities) are aiming to encourage citizen participation in local debates on urban security, an objective which is truly in keeping with the principles of the European Year of Citizens. Their participation is a source of sustainable democracy and cohesion, for security is a public good to be developed and shared by everyone.
These events emphasise the principles of the Manifesto, in which local authorities from all over Europe demonstrate their engagement to five major points:
- Long term prevention policies must be endorsed
- Prevention is a rational and strategic choice
- Citizen participation, especially youth participation, must be a fundamental right
- Women’s rights and sexual equality must be constantly promoted
- Security policies must be systematically evaluated
Some of these events will focus on one, or many of these themes which derive from the Manifesto’s 19 thematic recommendations.
During these meetings, Efus produces a short film to record the opinions of different European citizens on the themes of the manifesto.
Eight Manifesto Days will take place by the end of November 2013 in Lieges (Belgium), London (UK), Brac (Croatia), Brno (Czech Republic), Reggio Emilia (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain) and Sosnowiec (Poland).
SAVE THE DATE: 10 December 2013, Brussels – “From cities to Europe” with the support of the Committee of the Regions.
The conclusions of the debates that will have been held throughout the year will be presented in the presence of European institutions representatives at the conference on 10 December 2013. More info here
Alongside with this initiative, several events have been organised by Efus members and/or partners to disseminate the Manifesto and launch a citizen debate on urban security issues in Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Spain.
With financial support from the European Commission.
This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.