International Conference of Saragossa, 2-4 November 2006

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EFUS’ role

Project Manager


The City of Saragossa,

The European Commission, UN-Habitat, the Congress of Regional and Local Authorities  of the Council of Europe, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Interministerial Delegation for Cities, the Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drug and Addiction, the Chamber of Commerce of Saragossa, the Federation of Spanish Municipalities and Provinces…

Workshop Copilots

El Agora Association (Youth under violence), the Spanish Forum for Prevention and Urban Safety (Migrations, Minorities), the Italian Forum for Urban Safety and the Luxembourg Forum for Prevention and Urban Safety (Public spaces, Urban planning and safety), the city of Lleida and the Portuguese Forum for Prevention and Urban Safety (Management of urban crisis), the Democracy, Cities and Drugs project network and the Belgian Forum for Prevention and Urban Safety (Drugs), the Dutch Centre for Crime Prevention (Public private partnerships), the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (Police and Communities), Eurofan association (Large events), the French Forum for Urban Safety (New conflicts, New solutions and Prevention tools), the Organisation for Safety and Cooperation in Europe (Trafficking and organised crime), the city of Roubaix (Technologies and Liberties).


Most copilots had hired an exhibition stand during the conference, as well as the City of Ibiza (Spain), Brussels’ ASBL BRAVVO (Belgium), the City of Pau (France), the City of Loures (Portugal), the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, and the Spanish company Indra and Teltronics.


On November 2-4 2006, the Saragossa Conference “Security, Democracy and Cities”, organised by the European Forum for Urban Safety, gathered more than 800 participants coming from 230 cities and 30 universities in 40 countries, around questions of crime prevention and safety. Organised with the support of some of the most prestigous international institutions, it followed up on Efus’ previous conferences of Barcelona, Paris and Naples.

The three conference days, structured in plenaries, workshops and networking areas, have allowed for an exchange of positions and good practices and tackled different policy aspects such as prevention tools, housing and safety, technologies and liberties, youth and violence, etc.

Results of those three day debates led to the preparation and adoption of a political document, the Saragossa Manifesto. This manifesto expresses, in 12 general points and 12 points issued from the thematical workshops, recommendations and key ideas carried forward by locally elected representatives.  Considering safety as being an essential common good, local elected officials are willing to promote integrated and efficient local policies, through implementing a dialogue between populations. They are calling for states and the European Union to create financial tools corresponding to the role they are supposed to play in the field of safety.

The exchange of know-how and experiences during plenaries sessions and thematic workshops led to the emergence of a wide diversity of good practices disseminated by the Forum thanks to its website and publications. Through networking of European and international institutions that work at a local, regional and national level, the aim of this conference was to stimulate partnerships to ensure security as being a common good. In the long term, the principles of this Manifesto of Saragossa should be adopted and implemented by the participating cities, from Europe and the other continents.

Preparation work of the conference, initiated in 2005, represented a prominent part of the EFUS’ activities through 2006. The Executive Committee of the EFUS, those of the national forums and national and EFUS’ partners’ network have largely contributed to the drafting of the programme, the research of speakers, partners, sponsors …

The EFUS, and the workshops’ copilots organised many preparatory seminars, and learnt from the national and international conferences, European programmes seminars, and works carried on by European and National institutions…


Find all relevant information on the conference website: Manifesto (translated in the 22 EU official languages), speakers’ interventions, plenaries and workshops, background documents, photographs…

Read the detailed preparation debates in 2005 and 2006 Executive Committee minutes: (heading Network’s life, members only)