Conference of European ministers responsible for local and regional government
Budapest, Hungary, 24-25 February 2005
conference venue
Marriott Hotel
Apáczai Csere János u. 4. 1052 Budapest
Practical information
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Henriette Girard
Council of Europe Press Division
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see also
Conference on “The future of democracy in Europe” - Barcelona, 17-19 November 2004
Ministers responsible for local and regional government from the 46 member states have set their priorities on 25 February 2005 for the five years to come. Following a two-day meeting in Budapest under the chairmanship of Hungarian Interior Minister Monika Lamperth, the ministers adopted an ''Agenda for Good Local and Regional Governance'', to be implemented by the Council of Europe.

''We must strive to foster new ideas on how to reinvigorate interest and public participation in local and regional political life, break the chains of indifference and bring about the 'awakening' of democratic activism also at national and pan-European levels'', said the Deputy Secretary General at the opening session of the Conference. (more...)

Opening of the conference
Speech by de Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Speech by Giovanni Di Stasi, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Themes of the conference

Challenges and priorities for European States and for the Council of Europe in the field of local and regional self-government
Introductory document (Pdf)

Results of the work carried out since the last Ministerial Conference with particular reference to the legal instruments on regional self-government
Introductory document (Pdf)

Programme (Pdf)
Press releases
All documents
The conference in pictures
Monika Lamperth : ''Convincing citizens of the importance of local and regional government''

Alain Delcamp: “Through their selfl-governing powers, local and regional authorities can be focal points for development”

Jean-Claude Frécon on local self-government: “Insufficient competences and resources are being delegated to the municipalities”