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 cities of Barcelona (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Cologne (Germany), Freiburg (Germany), Paris (France) and Xàbia (Spain) as well as Unione della Romagna Faentina (Italy) were elected as new members of the Executive Committee.
The cities of Brno (Czechia), Matosinhos (Portugal), Setubal (Portugal) and the Communauté d’Agglomération de La Rochelle (France) and Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy) were reelected.
Other members of the Executive Committee are: the cities of Düsseldorf (Germany), Gdansk (Poland), Lisbon (Portugal), Malmö (Sweden), Riga (Latvia), Zaragoza (Spain).
The cities of Mannheim (Germany) and Nice (France) were elected as Vice-Presidents, joining the Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain) and the City of Rotterdam (Netherlands), which were re-elected as Vice-Presidents.
The City of Liège (Belgium), represented by its Mayor Willy Demeyer, was re-elected as President.
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, and has the following objectives :
- To promote a balanced vision of urban security combining prevention, sanctions and social cohesion
- To support local and regional authorities in the design, implementation and evaluation of their local security policies
- To reinforce the role of local elected officials within national and European governance
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”.