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Jean-Claude Frécon: ''Save these populations trapped in a war from a bygone century in Ukraine''

[01/09/2014 11:30:00] “A lot is being said here about the need for dialogue; I should like to tell you what a very deep chord is struck by our proceedings today and tomorrow on intercultural dialogue at the present time when a Council of Europe member country is torn by a horrific war which has already claimed thousands of victims, and sees its sovereign territory partly occupied by another Council of Europe member country, Russia,” said Jean-Claude Frécon, (France, SOC), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress in his address at the Council of Europe Conference on “Intercultural dialogue: interaction between culture and religion” in Baku (Azerbaijan) on 1 September 2014. “At this tragic hour for Ukraine and the entire Europe of values, I express the wish that our proceedings on the importance of dialogue are impressed upon this region of Europe with the compelling urgency which is all that can save these populations trapped in a war from a bygone century.”
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Local authorities must persevere to promote the cultural and social dimension of religions

[01/09/2014 11:30:00] “Our challenge is to be capable of instituting a dialogue within our societies to assert the universal values upheld by the Council of Europe while ensuring that the religious cultural heritage has a place – and doing so in the spirit of an interfaith approach,” said Jean-Claude Frécon, (France, SOC), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress in his address at the Council of Europe Conference on “Intercultural dialogue: interaction between culture and religion” in Baku (Azerbaijan) on 1 September 2014. “The aim is to live not side by side but together, to form a society,” he added.
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Dobrica Milovanovic: “Interculturalism is the best policy to achieve sustainable urban development”

[18/08/2014 16:00:00] “The Congress believes that interculturalism is the best policy approach to achieve social cohesion and sustainable urban development, as it actively promotes pluralism, justice and equal opportunities within local communities”, underlined Dobrica Milovanovic (Serbia, EPP/CCE), Congress member, addressing the Summer Academy of the Assembly of European Regions in Novi Sad, Serbia on 18 August 2014. “Over the past two decades, the Congress has adopted a wealth of proposals for intercultural action at the grassroots and has been actively involved in promoting multi- or intercultural and plurilingual societies,” he added. “The Congress basis its action on the premise that, for democracy and for economic prosperity, we must find ways of living together that unite us while recognising our diversity – and we must do this starting at local and regional levels,” he concluded.
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European Local Democracy Week: ALDA Summer School on “Europe, Participation, Remembrance”

[31/07/2014 09:00:00] The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) launches its Summer School on “Europe, Participation, Remembrance”, which will take place in Asiago (VI), Italy, from 1 to 6 September 2014. It aims at deepening the knowledge about Europe and its milestones in 2014, in particular: the new European era after the elections to the European Parliament in May 2014, the new programming period 2014-2020, and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This event is organised in the framework of the European Local Democracy Week and is addressed to people working for NGOs, representatives of local authorities, students, and all those who are interested in active European remembrance and citizenship.
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The agenda in brief

26th Session of the Congress
8 September - Bureau of the Congress and of its chambers / Strasbourg, FRANCE

Calendar of events
Calendar of local and regional elections in COE member states

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Drapeau européenPolitical dialogue with governments
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Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
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Leyla GüvenLeyla Güven, former Congress member
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