An initial review of the PACTESUR project on the security of public spaces

How can cities and local security actors better protect their vulnerable public spaces? That is the question that the PACTESUR project has been exploring since January 2019. Two years down the line, the Efus team can review its progress so far and assess the challenges that lie ahead.

Semaine européenne de la sécurité / European week of security

La ville de Nice a la plaisir de vous inviter à la semaine européenne de la sécurité programmée du 14 au 18 octobre prochain. Toutes les séquences mentionnées sont ouvertes au public sur simple inscription sur le lien ci-après...

The city of Nice will welcome the first European Week of Security from the 14th to the 18th of October !

The city of Nice will welcome the first European Week of Security from the 14th to the 18th of October. You will find below the schedule of this week. During this week, there will also be a 3-day training dedicated to the police forces of our associated cities and a...

Urban security and the role of local authorities in the prevention of terrorist attacks were at the center of the workshop organized by Torino and by ANCI Piedmont.

Urban security and the role of local authorities in the prevention of terrorist attacks were at the center of the workshop organized by the City of Torino and by ANCI Piedmont as part of the European project PACTESUR. More than 60 people - representatives of...

1st annual meeting in Gdańsk

The 1st Annual Meeting of the Expert Advisory Committee and the Associated Cities will occur in the city of Gdańsk the 4th and 5th of July.During this event, the committee will work on specific topics of the security of urban public spaces that are Information sharing...



PACTESUR’s consortium involves three flagship cities (Nice, Torino, Liège) committed to strengthening their cooperation and having convergent strategies on urban security and three partners (ANCI, EFUS, NCA).

Municipality of Torino

The Municipality of Turin is the city capital of Piedmont region (North-West Italy). With its 908.000 inhabitants, its 130 sq. km of territorial extension and its GDP of 55.000 million of Euros (which is 4.5% of the national GDP) is one of the most important cities in Italy.

Since the 1990’s Torino has been following a path that has transformed it from an industrial capital (predominantly in automotive sector) into a pole of innovation & culture. Since 2017 the new City administration developed some mainstream projects to transform Torino into a “sensing city”.

Namely, the “IoTorino” project is aimed at creating a new data policy and territorial infrastructure so to allow the city to carry out data-driven planning and management of local policies and services, with a focus on the environment, mobility, energy and security.

The idea is to transform the City of Turin into a “sensing city” through Internet of Things (IoT) providing the city with relevant real-time data in sectoral areas (traffic, quality of air, acoustic disease, other) as well as enabling the creation of services and applications for and by SMEs and entrepreneurs, so to promote the co-creation of digital social innovative solutions and services at the benefit of the local communities.

Moreover, this should place Torino in the position to attract business and thus offering job opportunities and improved skills for its citizens.

Anci piemonte

ANCI Piemonte is the regional branch of the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) and plays a strategic role in protecting and representing the rights and interests of the local authorities. It coordinates the activities of the associated administrations and pursues the general objectives of the ANCI National Association within the regional territory.

To achieve its mission, ANCI Piemonte carries out different initiatives: it coordinates analysis and proposes solutions to problems affecting local administrations, represents the interests of the associated local authorities, provides assistance to members upon request, proposes initiatives to enhance knowledge and positive attitude of local administrators towards EU policies.

Main drivers are:

  • reinforce macro-regional strategies;
  • support synergies among EU and national policies and tools for local development;
  • strengthen inter-communality and develop smart connections between urban and mountain / rural areas, with shared planning processes and joint management of services;
  • empower local administrators.

European Forum for Urban Security

Created in 1987 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is the only European network of local and regional authorities devoted to urban security. Bringing together 250 cities and regions from 16 countries, the network aims to:

  • To promote a balanced approach to urban security that combines prevention, sanction and social cohesion
  • To support local authorities in the design, development and evaluation of their local security policy
  • To obtain recognition of the role of local and regional authorities in drafting and implementing national and European policies.

Municipality of Nice

Nice is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department. Located in the French Riviera, on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Alps, Nice is the fifth-largest city in France and the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean with about 350 000 inhabitants.

The city is nicknamed “Nice la Belle”, which means “Nice the Beautiful”. Nice has the charm of the Mediterranean cities where the beauty of the city is combined with an exceptional environment.

Christian Estrosi was elected Mayor of Nice in 2008. He was reelected for a second term in April 2014.

Municipality of Liège

Liege is the economic capital of the Walloon region, at the gateway of Brussels, the Netherlands and Germany. A city straddling the Meuse River, the 3rd biggest European river port.

  • 70 km²
  • 196,000 inhabitants
  • Third biggest conurbation in Belgium (600,000)
  • 20 km from the Netherlands
  • 40 km From Germany
  • The Eastern “gateway of Brussels”

Liege is a lively cultural city with modern museums, concerts, theatres and large-scale events
From her glorious past, Liege still boasts an exceptional architectural legacy. In addition to this heritage, Liege is in the midst of an urban boom that is undeniably turning the city into a new centre for modern architecture and art. This architectural wealth combined with the festivities and events that accentuate the cultural life of the city, has turned Liege into an important tourist centre.

Metropole of Nice Côte d’Azur

The Metropole Nice Côte d’Azur is the first metropolis created in France gathering 49 cities (including Nice) and 540 000 inhabitants.

It is an intercommunal structure located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the south east of France. It was created in December 2011, replacing the previous “Nice Côte d’Azur urban community”.

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The Sustainable Design School

The academic tools of the school are based on the principle of “doing it” through multicultural and multiskilling teams. These students will be associated along the project giving their analysis of the equipments in terms of “security by design”.