Belgisch Forum voor Preventie en Veiligheid in de Steden


EFUS: Just & Safer Cities for All project

Although violent manifestations of racism (of religious, racial of ethnic character), xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance have always existed in Europe, they have lately increased to an alarming degree. This phenomenon, which undermines the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, is a real threat to our democracies.

Data collected by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) regularly show that violence and crime motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance or by a person’s disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, are a daily reality throughout the EU (FRA brief “Crimes motivated by hatred and prejudice in the EU,” March 2013). As shown by the FRA (EU-MIDIS survey of 23,500 respondents throughout Europe), in the 12 months preceding the survey, between 16% and 32% of Roma people and 19% and 3% of people of African origin were victim of assault, threat or serious harassment with a perceived racist motive.

As local and regional authorities working with Efus have confirmed, this phenomenon that affects towns and cities across Europe compromises the safety of and the social cohesion between European citizens.

Racist and xenophobic behaviours constitute an offence in all Member States of the EU, but they still occur. Along with legal and penal responses to such crimes, prevention actions are necessary.

Local authorities can play an important role in preventing and raising awareness among local communities and civil society, and in creating a climate in which hate speech, intolerance and racist crimes have no place. Local authorities can greatly contribute to fight racism and intolerance and reduce the number of racist crimes.

The project will seek to:

- Increase knowledge amongst decision-makers and practitioners about the measures taken at a local level to counter racism and intolerance.
- Increase awareness and mobilise local authorities and locally elected officials.
- Raise public awareness of incidents of discrimination and other forms of intolerance.

- To gather promising local practices in Europe developed at local and regional level to fight and prevent discrimination and intolerance.
- To analyse these practices: 50 practices will be selected to be included in a guidebook on best practices to locally fight and prevent racism and discrimination.
- To organise a dissemination seminar during the Efus 2017 international conference.
- To develop local activities aimed at promoting tolerance and fighting racism in the countries of the partners of the project.

- Forum Italiano per la Sicurezza Urbana (FISU) – Italy
- Forum Belge pour la Prévention et la Sécurité Urbaine (FBPSU) – Belgium
- Fórum Español para la Prevención y la Seguridad Urbana->] (FEPSU) – Spain
- Forum Français pour la Sécurité Urbaine(FFSU) – France
- Institut für Konflikt Forschung (IKF) – Austria
- Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima (APAV) – Portugal
- UFUQ – Germany
- Université Jagellonienne de Cracovie – Poland

24 months – From September 2015 to September 2017

Laetitia Nolet, Programme Manager FBPSU
Pilar De La Torre, Programme Manager
Carla Napolano, Programme Manager

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