The members of the Partnership for Security in Public Spaces*, which is coordinated by Efus and the cities of Nice (France) and Madrid (Spain), have recently issued a declaration addressed to the European institutions, calling on them to involve the local and regional authorities, members of the Partnership, in the elaboration of the foreseen Cohesion Policy Funds Regulation and to take into account the Partnership’s Action Plan and recommendations when designing new or reviewing existent EU supported initiatives.
A coordinated effort to achieve better funding for local policies across Europe
One of the key objectives of the Partnership is better funding. In order to achieve this objective, it is of crucial importance to support local and regional authorities across the European Union, as the level of governance that is closest to citizens, to elaborate and implement innovative practices seeking to enhance the security of public spaces and the feeling of security of the citizens.
Members of the Partnership welcome that the importance of the local level is specifically included in one of the five main Policy Objectives that will drive EU investments during the period of 2021-2027 (objective nr. 5: “A Europe closer to its citizens”). This Policy Objective, which envisions a more horizontal approach, seeks to support locally-led development strategies and sustainable urban development across the EU.
The Partnership’s Action plan for security in public spaces
In accordance with Efus’ long term objective of co-producing urban security policies and in light of the European Union’s aim to enhance coherence between financed initiatives, the Partnership calls on the European institutions to consider the Action Plan as a main reference for EU financed innovative actions and pilot projects.
In its declaration, the Partnership also calls on the European institutions to integrate its Action Plan, with an important sustainability component, in their policy programming in order to mainstream the pilot actions that are being implemented by the Partnership at the local level. Therefore, the Partnership also considers that the New Urban Initiative should rely on the above mentioned Actions, with its recommendations, findings and tools. Moreover, the Partnership also stresses the importance of including the security of public spaces as a key thematic area of the future Urban Initiative.
* Besides Efus (FR, Coordinator) the Partnership includes the following local and regional authorities: Madrid (ES, Coordinator), Nice (FR, Coordinator), Brussels-Capital Region (BE), Helsinki (FI), Lille Métropole (FR), Mechelen (BE), Regione Toscana (IT), Riga (LV), Toruń (PL), Unione della Romagna Faentina (IT)
National authorities: Ministry of Transport (CZ); Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning (HR).
Other participants include the European Commission (DG REGIO, DG HOME, JRC, DG CONNECT, DG EMPL, …) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Other actors and observers include Eurocities, the URBACT secretariat, the City of Toruń (PL); UN Habitat and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).