Ahmed Aboutaleb joined on a video speech.


Thank you to all participants and to Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard of Aarhus and Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam for hosting the conference.

Read the final resolution presented at the end of the conference.

See pictures of the event and video interviews




About the Conference

Local authorities are on the front line when it comes to the prevention of radicalisation leading to terrorism and violent extremism. Repression alone cannot solve the problem. Prevention, signalling and providing programmes to help (potential) extremists to abandon violent extremism are also necessary. These actions must be organised at the local level and mobilise civil society. The fact that city councils are close to citizens puts them in a unique position to build resilience and counter violent extremism through integrated, multi-agency strategies.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the European Forum for Urban Security, in partnership with the Strong Cities Network, are bringing together European mayors and other local and regional elected officials in order to make their needs heard and help them strengthen their capacity to prevent and deal with all forms of violent extremism.

This conference will also be the starting point of the Congress-Efus joint initiativeTowards an alliance of European cities against violent extremism”, which aims to provide a platform to facilitate inter-city exchange at the political and subsequently technical level, and mobilise European local and regional authorities.

The conference in Aarhus will be hosted by both the Mayor of Aarhus and the Mayor of Rotterdam and organised in partnership with the Strong Cities Network.


The Efus-Congress conference of European local decision-makers will be followed by the international conference for practitioners “Building resilience to radicalisation and violent extremism”, organised by the city and the police of Aarhus on 19 and 20 November. For more information, please visit the Building resilience to radicalisation and violent extremism conference website.