Efus’ 2021 General Assembly meeting: a week of rich debates

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collage AGParis, April 2021 – Organised online during the week of 15 March, Efus’ 2021 General Assembly meeting included, besides the statutory AGM and the election of the Executive Committee, a series of conferences and workshops on key themes for our association – the New Leipzig Charter, the respect of the rule of law in the EU, the role of local and regional authorities in European security policies – as well as a workshop to prepare the international Security, Democracy & Cities conference, that will take place on 20, 21 and 22 October, in Nice.


Renewal of Efus’ Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of around thirty members. It determines the political and strategic orientations of Efus and represents the network in its dealings with institutional partners. Efus members voted to renew the Executive Committee, as well as the vice-presidency and presidency, at the statutory General Assembly, on 15 March.

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The New Leipzig Charter: new opportunities and potential for European cities

How can the New Leipzig Charter help European local authorities design and implement sustainable urban development and security policies? The web conference, organised on 16 March, presented the main aspects of this key policy document adopted in November 2020 by the European ministers responsible for urban development, and explored how local authorities can build on it.

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Efus members participate in an online working session to prepare the international Security, Democracy and Cities conference

An online working session was organised for members on 17 March to discuss three of the topics that will be addressed at the upcoming international Security, Democracy and Cities conference (20-22 October): safety audits and the strategic approach to urban security, organised crime, and discriminatory violence.

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Hungarian and Polish cities call for direct support from the EU and other European cities to protect the rule of law

Representatives of the cities of Budapest (Hungary) and Gdansk (Poland) as well as a Hungarian MEP called for direct support from the EU to cities in eastern and central Europe that are confronted with breaches of fundamental rights by their national governments, during a web conference on the rule of law in the EU, on 18 March.

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New European initiatives set to increase support to local and regional authorities

Representatives of the European Commission presented new EU initiatives and funding opportunities aimed at supporting local and regional authorities in the area of urban security, while representatives of Efus member local and regional authorities called for better and more flexible access for small cities to EU-funded projects during a web conference, on 19 March.

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> Learn more about Efus’ international Security, Democracy and Cities conference, that will take place on 20, 21 and 22 October, in Nice.

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