The European Forum for Urban Security: a network of some 300 European local authorities

Created in 1987 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is the oldest non-governmental organisation of local authorities working in the field of urban security. It has more than 300 members.

Through its conferences, training programmes, technical assistance to cities and role as a consulting expert to political authorities, Efus has contributed to raise awareness on the political and social issues surrounding urban security and also to develop local actions and programmes, which have in turn  inspired new thinking and policies in Europe and other parts of the world.

Efus acts for its network and through its network. It fosters inter-city study, dialogue and cooperation, in particular in order to identify and share practices, and assists cities in their analytical work and in improving their action in the field of urban security.

Efus’ management is led by an executive committee composed of 27 local authorities, which are directly elected by the members of the network. The Efus secretariat comprises 10 permanent staff, who come from six European countries.