Efus Declaration Security, Democracy and Cities
European cities and regions play a central role in designing and implementing transverse security policies based on a balance between prevention, sanction and social cohesion. Local and regional authorities, whatever their size, country, or political colour, play a central role in the response to different types of crisis, whether linked to security (terrorist attacks), health (the Covid pandemic), or the environment (storms, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, etc.).
Elected officials and representatives of the local and regional authorities that are members of the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus), adopt a resolution as a result of the Security, Democracy and Cities international conference held in Nice on 20-22 October 2021, on the basis of the consensus established within the Efus network.
They call the European institutions to support the exchange of experiences and cooperation between cities and regions in urban security matters at the European and global level. The EU must facilitate cities’ access to funding, advice and support to enable them to respond to current challenges and be more resilient.
The Efus members propose to establish a Convention of Mayors for Security and operational support mechanisms.