24 November 2015
The attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis as well as those perpetrated before are a threat to the constitutive principles of our society. They must not lead us to give in to fear and to surrender the values that have been at the core of Efus network for over 25 years. Now more than ever, we must advocate and act for prevention, social cohesion and the respect of fundamental liberties. Efus members work every day in their own territory and through European cooperation to ensure that security is a common good shared by all. Let us pursue this commitment together.
Communiqué of the Executive Committee of Efus
Gathered on 17 November in Brussels, the members of the Executive Committee of Efus reacted to the attacks carried out a few days before in Paris and Saint-Denis. They emphasise the need to network and for solidarity among cities. They also stress that although cities cannot act alone on the fundamental causes of the emergence of terrorism, local elected officials and their teams must manage its consequences. They demand that the role of cities be more recognised within a partnership between the local, national and European level of governance.
The Aarhus declaration – European cities against radicalisation leading to violent extremism
About a hundred mayors, local elected officials and local representatives of 22 European countries adopted a common declaration at the end of the international conference for the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism, organised by Efus and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, on 18 November 2015, in Aarhus. They call for the mobilisation of local authorities in close cooperation with national governments, as part of an alliance of European cities to counter the rise of radicalisation and the subsequent acts of extreme violence.
Acting against radicalisation leading to violent extremism
For the past two years, Efus has been carrying out a series of activities aimed at strengthening the knowledge and capacities of local authorities in the face of this complex and evolving phenomenon, in particular through training. A two-day training session on preventing radicalisation, organised by t he French Forum for Urban Security in partnership with Efus, will be held on 16-17 December in Paris. More information (only in French)
Do not hesitate to contact Efus if you wish to participate or to suggest other activities or partnerships.