Organised by the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus), the Government of Catalonia and the City of Barcelona, the theme of this international, interdisciplinary conference will be the coproduction of urban security.

Efus’ action is based on the belief that security is a common good that must involve the coming together of stakeholders in urban life and that relies on a balance between prevention, sanction and social cohesion. The conference will address the subject of shared governance between different territorial levels as well as the participation of the private sector and of civil society –particularly citizens- in security policies.  

For two and a half days, participants will discuss possible solutions to complement national and European responses. This will be done with the aim of confronting the challenges that cities have to tackle including the prevention of violent radicalisation, the fight against discrimination, the prevention of violence against women, victim support, the planning of public spaces, nightlife management, etc. These topics will be handled during plenary sessions or through workshops, discussion panels or field visits.

The conference will rely on the knowledge and experiences gained from Efus’ work over the course of the last 30 years and will mark the anniversary of its founding in Barcelona in 1987.

This initiative is under the patronage of Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

At whom is the conference aimed?

Unique in its field, this event is aimed at all security and urban life stakeholders:

  • elected representatives,
  • local authority staff,
  • national administration,
  • magistrates,
  • law enforcement agencies,
  • social workers,
  • researchers,
  • private sector representatives,
  • members of civil society,

Almost 800 participants coming from Europe and beyond are expected, in order to share their knowledge, experiences and practices.

The Manifesto

The conference will lead to the adoption of a new manifesto, a common political project devised by the participants. It will be named after the two host authorities. It will follow on from the manifestos adopted during previous international conferences organised by Efus in Montreal (1989), Paris (1991), Naples (2000), Saragossa (2006) and Aubervilliers & Saint-Denis (2012).

Watch the animation below to find out more about the processes involved in drawing up the manifesto:

The last edition


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City of Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a creative, open and dynamic city, with an intense social, cultural and political life. This large Mediterranean metropolis also stands out for its inclusive approach. Barcelona is a safe, welcoming and cosmopolitan city, as well as an international reference for its capacity to stand up against injustice and in favour of a cohesive civil society operating as a network. Coupled with its economic dynamism, this makes of Barcelona a magnet for talent and innovation.

Our most important commitment is to build a fairer city, where rights are respected and no one is excluded. Barcelona implements a shared strategy in order to progress in the area of social rights for all, thanks to the participation and concerted action of all the city’s stakeholders. 

Barcelona is thus a large space for conviviality and peaceful coexistence, a city where the main actors are the citizens themselves, but also the visitors.

European Forum for Urban Security

Founded in 1987 in Barcelona with the support of the Council of Europe, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is the only European network of local and regional authorities dedicated to urban security. It brings together almost 250 cities and regions from 16 countries with the aim to:

  • promote a balanced vision of urban security, combining prevention, sanction and social cohesion  
  • support local authorities in the conception, deployment and evaluation of their local security policies
  • help local authorities get recognition for their role the role in the production and implementation of national and European politics.

Strengthened by its network of experts coming from universities, institutions and NGOs, Efus works  on all major issues relating to urban security and crime prevention. Its expertise and expertise are recognised both at the European and the international levels.

Government of Catalonia

With a population of 7.5 million people of diverse origins, Catalonia created over the centuries a unique and original identity. Innovative, creative, capable of assimilating various influences and tolerant, its culture is both national and cosmopolitan. These factors have created many opportunities in the areas of research, technology, tourism and trade. Catalonia is also the port of entry of southern Europe for Asian exporters.

The government of Catalonia is responsible for security and safety in its territory. Aware of the multiple and complex factors that affect security, it promotes policies that involve not only direct security actors such as the police and fire brigades but also other necessary actors such as the national and local education system and health and social services. The fundamental objective of these policies aimed at making citizens’ lives safer is crime prevention, which is why it must be included in the definition of security policies.