Security, Democracy & Cities Conference

International and interdisciplinary, the Security, Democracy and Cities conference is organised by the European Forum for Urban Security every three to five years.

Unique in its field, this event is geared towards all those involved in urban security: elected officials, civil servants, national administration, magistrates, law enforcement agencies, social workers, researchers, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.

The 2021 edition of the conference

The 2021 edition of the Security, Democracy & Cities conference was held in the City of Nice, which is also Vice-President of Efus. The previous conferences were held in Barcelona-Catalonia (2017), Aubervilliers-Saint Denis (2012), Saragossa (2006), Naples (2000), Paris (1991) and Montreal (1989).

Key figures

700 participants
140 cities and regions represented
27 countries
4 continents (Europe, America, Africa, Asia)

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

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18 thematic workshops, 12 focus sessions, 10 field visits, 3 plenary sessions:

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The Security, Democracy and Cities Declaration

The Security, Democracy and Cities Declaration was signed during the closing session by Efus President and Mayor of Liège (Belgium), Willy Demeyer, and Efus Vice-President and Mayor of the host City of Nice, Christian Estrosi. In the name of Efus members, it calls for heightened and more agile cooperation as well as adequate financial support between the local, national and European levels of governance. It also calls for the establishment of a Convention of Mayors for Security that would enable European local authorities to jointly respond to the many challenges they are facing.

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The declaration adopted at the closing of the 2021 conference is based on the The Manifesto: Security, Democracy and Cities: Co-producing Urban Security Policies.

It was adopted during the closing session of the 2017 conference.

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Video messages and interviews with representatives from our European ecosystem

Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice:

Klára Dobrev, Vice-President of the European Parliament:

Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament:

István Ujhelyi, Member of the European Parliament:

Renáta Gallai, Responsible for Tourism and Culture, City of Budapest:

György Tatár, Chair, Budapest Centre for the Prevention of Mass Atrocities:

Previous editions of the conference

2017 – Barcelona-Catalonia

2012 – Aubervilliers-Saint-Denis


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