Background: The theme of conflict regulation is acquiring a specific connotation, which, starting from single local experiences, has drawn the attention of urban safety policies at a European level. Cities are seeking actions that can develop reception, trust, support and closeness (even if aleatory and unstable) among their inhabitants; this is a central issue for today’s societies. We must go on with the experimentation started by cities in the fields of policies of access to rights and the regulation of conflicts. We hope that generalisation of these policies of attention will be accompanied, for their contents and for their continuation and implementation aiming at integrated interventions. Nonetheless we are seeing more and more often that the proliferation of experimental projects or interventions need to find a methodological frame of reference that is common, shared and shareable, at a European level.
Objectives: The specific objectives and the related actions of the project can be individuated as follows:
(1) Promote the knowledge and the comparison of mediation practices activated at local levels, in their various areas of application (social, scholastic, penal, domestic, and intercultural);
(2) Determine a set of approach parameters to the different forms of mediation in different urban contexts shared, by the workgroup;
(3) Define a theoretical reference framework which can be connected, through the acquisition of a shared terminology, with the production of specific techniques and instruments that are useful to handle conflicts and mediation practices in local contexts and that can be transferred to other European urban situations.
EFUS role: The EFUS’ role as expert allowed to participate actively in putting together the working group entitled ‘Secucities EuroMediation’ and drafting the application to the European Commission (Urbact Secretariat) by the city of Turin at the end of 2004. EFUS functions as animator and moderator of all seminars and conferences and produces the interim reports for each meeting.
Partners: TORINO (project leader, Italy), BRUXELLES/BRUSSEL (Belgium), LIVERPOOL (United Kingdom) for the first part, PIERREFITTE-SUR-SEINE (France) and ANGERS (France)
Turin Seminar & Conference: October 19-21, 2006
-> Download the MEETING REPORT (in French language)
Working Documents (click on links to download)
PROJECT OVERVIEW (PowerPoint presentation)
EuroMediation Case Study: ANGERS, France EuroMediation Case Study: ANGERS Mediation Activities EuroMediation Case Study: BRUSSELS, Belgium EuroMediation Case Study: PIERREFITTE, France EuroMediation Case Study: TORINO, Italy EuroMediation Case Study: ITALIAN PROJECTS
Publication: At the end of the seminar cycle, a publication summarises the contributions of all participating cities; This document is made up of the following parts: common recommendations on mediation projects, case studies on local experiences, and a glossary of the concepts and terminology used.
Download the final report in an English-French panache version (pdf, 900 KB), please also see the supplement spreadsheet (pdf, 112 KB)
Duration: The project is developed over a period of 16 months. The work, financed by the European Commission’s Urbact programme, includes a seminar in Brussels (Oct 2005), a seminar and public colloquium in Pierrefitte (Dec 2005), a seminar in Angers (March 2006) and a seminar and final conference in Torino (Oct 2006). The final report is published in July 2007.