Cities, Citizens and Video Surveillance, 2008-2010

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Cities, Citizens and Video Surveillance

The project « Citizens, cities and video surveillance » is about deliberating and exchanging practices of video surveillance, in the context of the question of how to respect and protect at the same time individual freedoms. It is about ideas for CCTV solutions, which are efficient and fit the needs identified beforehand and which allow for citizens to be included in the implementation. It aims at creating an ethical charter for the use of video surveillance in European cities.

Thanks to the financial support of the European Commission, ten members of the EFUS network can participate in this project: Le Havre (France), Saint-Herblain (France), Veneto (Italy), Emilia Romagna (Italy), Sussex Police (United Kingdom), Ibiza (Spain), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Genoa (Italy), Liège (Belgium) and the London Metropolitan Police (United Kingdom).

The project has in a first step created a basis of theoretical and practical information on the issue. The experiences of the partner cities played a crucial role in this effort, as the expertise accumulated at the French Forum for Urban Safety and that of other European cities and experts. A systematic analysis of these practices is assured by an evaluation grid that was developed in the project. This tool was also used during the three study visits in London, Lyon and Genoa. The experiences of the partner cities and the study visits as well as the know-how of European experts will form the central pillar of the publication in four languages, which will be presented at the end of our project.

Based on the experiences compiled and examined during the study visits, and with the help of European experts the project is currently developing recommendation for using CCTV in transparent manner, respecting individuals’ rights. Theses recommendations will take the form of an charter for the use of video surveillance in European cities. For cities adhering, the project will propose a European label.
In addition to proposing European standards, the project also aims at helping participating cities to implement theses standards, where there is still need for improvement, and provide tools for other cities helping them to eventually obtain the European label.

The final conference May 27th-28th 2010 in Rotterdam will not only be the occasion to present all the results of the project – the compilation of practices, evaluation and communication tools, the ethical code and the proposal for a label- but also to bring together all those supporting this EFUS initiative. Together with partners form all over Europe the European Forum for Urban Safety will then work at the dissemination of the ethical code for the use of CCTV.

EFUS’ Role
Project leader (with the support of the French Forum for Urban Safety)

Partner cities: Emilia Romagna (Italy), Genoa (Italy), Ibiza (Spain), Le Havre (France), Liege (Belgium), London Metropolitan Police (United Kingdom), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Saint-Herblain (France), Sussex Police (United Kingodm), Veneto (Italy).
 Associated cities: Budapest (Hungary), Brno (Czech Republic), Dobrich (Bulgaria). 

European Commission/Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme (80%), EFUS + partners (20%) 

Within the EFUS-team Mr Sebastian Sperber and Ms Roxana Calfa will follow this project, with the support of Ms Maye Seck of the French Forum. They are at your disposal for further information. 

Project’s website

Please click here to access the website of the project.  


Duration: 18 months (January 2009 – June 2010)

April 3rd 2009: Kick-off meeting, Paris (France)

June 4th and 5th: First working seminar, Le Havre (France).

July 9th-10th 2009: Field visit in Genoa (Italy)

September 23th -25th  2009: Field visit in London and Brighton (United Kingdom)

October 29th -30th  2009: Field visit in Lyon (France),

December 2nd -4th 2009: second working seminar in Budapest (Hungary)

March 11th-12th 2010: Third working seminar, Emilia Romagna Region, Bologna (Italy)

May 27-28th 2010: Final conference, Rotterdam