Towards an alliance of European cities against violent extremism – Local authorities’ conference on the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism, 18/11/2015, Aarhus (DK)

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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and
the European Forum for Urban Security
would like to invite you to the

Towards an alliance of European cities
against violent extremism

Local authorities’ conference on the prevention of
radicalisation leading to violent extremism

18 November 2015
Aarhus, Denmark

Local authorities are on the front line in the prevention of radicalisation leading to terrorism and violent extremism. Repression alone cannot solve the problem. Prevention, signalling and providing programmes to help (potential) extremists to abandon violent extremism are also necessary. These actions must be organised at the local level and mobilise civil society.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) aim, through this conference, to federate European Mayors and elected officials, to voice their needs, and to help them strengthen their capacity to prevent and tackle all forms of violent extremism.

It will also be the starting point of the Congress-Efus joint initiative “ Towards an alliance of European cities against violent extremism”, which aims at providing a platform to facilitate inter-city exchange at the political level and mobilising European local and regional authorities.

The initiative “Towards an alliance of European cities against violent extremism” will build on the activities envisaged in the Congress Resolution 381 (2015) and Recommendation 371 (2015) on “Combatting radicalisation at grassroots level: the role of local and regional authorities” as well as on Efus’ projects LIAISE and LIAISE 2 (“Local Institutions Against Extremism”), which are co-funded by the European Commission.

Initiated by two established European organisations, which have worked  for years to bring together local and regional authorities around human rights and urban security issues, the initiative “Towards to alliance of European cities against violent extremism” will build on and work in partnership with existing structures and networks. The Aarhus conference will be hosted by the Mayor of Aarhus as well as the Mayor of Rotterdam and organised in partnership with the Strong Cities Network.

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The Efus-Congress conference of European local decision-makers will be followed by the international conference for practitioners “Building resilience to radicalisation and violent extremism” organised by the city and the police of Aarhus on 19 and 20 November.

If you also wish to attend the international conference for practitioners, please note that you must register separately here.

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Programme

08.15-09.00 Arrival of participants and registration

09.00-09.45 OPENING SESSION: European local authorities against violent extremism

Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus
Leen Verbeek, Vice President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
Guilherme Pinto, President of the European Forum for Urban Security
Ahmed  Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam (via video message)

09.45-11.10 Local authorities facing the challenges of radicalisation leading to violent extremism

Moderator: Elizabeth Johnston, Executive Director, European Forum for Urban Security

Contributors:
Ritva Viljanen, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Finland
Bert Bouwmeester, Mayor of Coevorden, Netherlands
Andreas Schönström, Deputy Mayor of Malmö, Sweden
Mouloud Haddad, Deputy Mayor of Bagneux, France
Liz Dixon, Councilor, Brent, UK
Hans Bonte, Mayor of Vilvoorde, Belgium (via video message)

Discussion: all participants

11.10-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.50 How other stakeholders see the role local authorities’ role in fighting violent extremism

Moderator: Marie-Madeleine Mialot Muller, Chairwoman, Governance Committee, Congress of local and regional authorities

Contributors:
Mohamed Sifaoui, Journalist, writer and president of the association Onze janvier
Jonathan Birdwell, coordinator of the Strong Cities Network, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Kelly Simcock, co-chair of the RAN Working Group on Youth, Families and Communities, EU Radicalisation Awareness Network

Discussion: all participants

12.50-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Local and regional strategies and their link to national and European levels of governance

Moderator: Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General, Congress of local and regional authorities

Contributors:
Thomas Medom, Alderman, Dept. of Employment and Social Affairs, City of Aarhus, Denmark
André Vervooren, Director, Safety Department, City of Rotterdam, Netherlands
Diana Schubert, Crime Prevention coordinator, City of Augsburg, Germany
Hadelin Feront, Coordinator for the prevention of radicalisation, City of Brussels, Belgium
Anne Girond, Director Youth, Prevention and Security, Conseil Departmental Val d’Oise, France
Erich Marks, Director, State Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony, Germany

Discussion: all participants

15.30-16.00 CLOSING SESSION: Strengthening local authorities and a human rights-based approach to confronting/facing violent extremism in a European alliance

Leen Verbeek, Vice President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
Guilherme Pinto, President of the European Forum for Urban Security
Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus

16.00 End of the conference

 

18.30 Reception offered by the Congress of local and regional authorities at the Aarhus city hall
Rådhuspladsen 2, 8000 Aarhus C

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For more information about the conference, please visit the Towards an alliance of European cities against violent extremism website. 

Contacts:
Sebastian Sperber sperber@efus.eu
Juan Cristellys Sancho cristellyssancho@efus.eu

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In partnership with:

AK_UK_02_hojre_70_cmyk  logo-rotterdam  StrongCities

CoE funding

2015-09-16

1442409118

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