Principles and Recommendations

DEFUS is concerned with the entire spectrum of municipal crime prevention. In an international cooperation with its members the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS) develops thematic recommendations and principles for the municipal crime prevention work. These are hence published in form of manifestos and declarations.


Resolution for a global policy on night-time

During the Executive Committee meeting in Milan on 24 October 2014 EFUS-members adopted a resolution calling for renewed public policies on nightlife. At night time, the use of public spaces is different. Potential conflicts between the city that sleeps, the city that plays and the city that works have led local and regional authorities to re-think coexistence among city-dwellers. A working group led by
Efus supports European cities working on this topic. 


Open letter of the Efus-members to the representatives of the European institutions

Efus General Assembly of local authorities met in Karlsruhe (Germany) on 13 May 2014 and published an open letter to the representatives of European institutions presenting their needs and expectations regarding future Justice and Security policies. This open letter to the European institutions was presented by DEFUS President, Dr Martin Schairer. For more information please visit the Efus-website.


EFUS Executive Board Adopts a Resolution in Reggio Emilia on 18 October 2013

On the occasion of the tragic occurences with the refugees off the coast of Lampedusa, the Executive Board of the European Forum for Urban Security once more took position in form of a resolution. EFUS requests a shared responsibilty of the EU-countries, a mutual refugee policy and moreover support for the municipalities having to cope with the integration of the refugees. You can download the entire text here.

Security, Democracy and Cities: The Manifesto of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis 

The Manifesto of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis is a political platform on urban security in European cities. It brings together all the values and principles forming the foundation of EFUS’ and its members’ actions and documents the current state of safety policy in Europe. The Manifesto constitutes a continuation of the principles and recommendations of the Naples Manifesto (2000) and the Saragossa Manifesto (2006), yet it also forms a future plan of action for local authorities that can be followed during the years to come. It was decided upon at the Conference “Security, Democracy and Cities: The Future of Prevention” in Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis, near Paris, on 14 December 2014 and officially signed by all German members in April 2013. For more information on the development of the Manifesto please visit the EFUS-Website. You can download the english version here.




Resolution on the Handling of an Influx of Refugees at the Southern Borders of the EU

On the occasion of a conference in Haz-Zebbug, Malta, on 8 March 2012, the Executive Board of EFUS adopted a resolution in which it calls for a collective responsilbilty of the EU states with respect to the handling of the influx of refugees at the Southern borders. Furthermore, the Resolution points to the fact that the inflow of refugees constitues a problem of primarily humanitarian nature rather than a problem of security. You can download the entire text here.

Resolution on the Prevention of Re-Offending 

On the occasion of a conference in Nantes, France, on 14 October 2011, the EFUS Executive Board pronounced its recommendations on the issue of re-offending deriving from several EU-projects on the topic. In the resolution, EFUS members officially reject all policies that consider prison sentences the primary means of crime fighting and emphasise that prison must be the last resort. On the backdrop of the high number of cases of re-offending of prisoners, it becomes obvious that penalties constituting an alternative to an imprisonment are advisable to be favoured. Cities and municipalites are asked to cooperate with the judiciary so as to jointly search for alternatives to an imprisonment and for further ways of a re-socialisation of former prisoners. In order to be successful the process of re-socialisation must begin with the internment and be pursued beyond the term of imprisonment. You can download the entire text here.