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Exchange of views of the Secretary General of the Congress with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
[25/04/2017 16:00:00] The 32nd session of the Congress and the work carried out by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe since the end of November 2016 were the subject of a communication to the Ministers' Deputies on Wednesday 19 April. Secretary General Andreas Kiefer stressed the importance of the debates held during the Session on the situation of local and regional democracy in several member states in the presence of the ministers of these countries (Estonia, Finland, Iceland and Malta). 'The participation of state representatives in the debates shows the relevance of the political dialogue to give concrete follow-up to the Congress's recommendations,' he said, adding that 'more and more member states view the work of the Congress as a positive contribution to their reforms '.
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Call for proposals for initiatives on transparency and citizen participation in Ukraine
Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Principality of Andorra
[20/04/2017 12:00:00] A delegation from the Congress carried out its first monitoring visit to the Principality of Andorra from 25 to 26 April 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Ms Gaye Doganoglu (Turkey, EPP-CCE), and Mr Zdenek Broz (Czech Republic, ECR), examined the situation on local democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 2011. High level meetings were scheduled, in particular with Mr Antoni Martí Petit, Head of Principality of Andorra government, and Mr Jordi Cinca Mateos, Minister of Finance. The delegation also met with the President of the Court of Auditors, Sr. Francesc d’Assís Pons Tomàs, the Vice-President of the General Council (Parliament), Ms Mònica Bonell Tuset, the President of the Constitutional Court, Mr Isidre Molas Batllori, as well as the Ombudsman (El Raonador del Ciutada), Mr Josep Rodriguez Gutièrrez.
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The World Forum for Democracy returns with a sixth edition! – Call for submissions
[23/02/2017 09:00:00] The 2017 World Forum for Democracy (WFD) will be held in Strasbourg on 8-10 November. This year, the role of political parties and the media in the context of rising populism will be at the centre of discussion, with themes such as “From democracy of parties to democracy of citizens?” and “Media - friend or foe of democracy?”. Debates will focus, among others, on how to counter populism and foster pluralism in online media rather than extremism and polarisation. Public and private organisations, as well as local and regional authorities worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting their ideas by filling in the Submission of initiative in the Call for submissions document below and sending it to email@example.com by 30 April 2017.
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