The Security, Democracy & Cities conference

Efus organised the 8th edition of the Security, Democracy & Cities conference in Brussels in partnership with the Brussels-Capital Region, represented by, on 20-22 March 2024. Europe’s cities and regions came together to discuss the major social, political and democratic challenged of urban security ahead of the June2024 European elections. 

Aimed at all urban security stakeholders, the conference brought together local, regional, national and European elected officials, civil servants, magistrates, security professionals, social workers, researchers, representatives of the private sector and civil society, experts and representatives of European institutions and international organisations.

>>> Organised every three years, the conference gathers 800+ participants from 150 cities and regions in and outside of Europe

>>> 3 days to discuss local responses to security challenges facing local authorities that would complement national and European responses

>>> A unique opportunity for dialogue between cities and the EU during the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a few months ahead of the European elections

A look back on the 2024 edition…

The 2024 edition of the Security, Democracy & Cities conference was held in the city of Brussels. The previous conferences were held in Nice (2021), Barcelona-Catalonia (2017), Aubervilliers-Saint Denis (2012), Saragossa (2006), Naples (2000), Paris (1991) and Montreal (1989).

Key figures

700 participants
125 cities and regions represented
26 countries

150 speakers – elected officials, academics, representatives of institutions, civil society, private sector

18 thematic workshops, 6 how to sessions, 12 field visits, 4 plenary sessions

The Security, Democracy and Cities Declaration

An updated version based on the discussions at the Security, Democracy and Cities conference will be available in June 2024.

More about the Manifesto

Video messages and interviews with representatives from our European ecosystem

Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice:

Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament:

Previous editions of the conference

2021 – Nice

2017 – Barcelona-Catalonia