Deputy Secretary General and President of the Congress open the Budapest conference [24/02/2005]

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio and Giovanni Di Stasi addressed the opening session of the Conference of Ministers responsible for local and regional democracy, in Budapest on 24 February. ''Local and regional authorities have a crucial role to play in the democratic fabric of our societies. Indeed, I am convinced that their role will increase even more in importance in the future as democracy grows deeper on our continent'' said the Deputy Secretary General. The President of the Congress underlined that ''there is no democracy without democracy at local level in which citizens are closely involved''. 

 Speech by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
 Speech by Giovanni Di Stasi  

La SecrĂ©taire GĂ©nĂ©rale adjointe et le PrĂ©sident du Congrès ouvrent la confĂ©rence de Budapest [24/02/2005]

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio et Giovanni Di Stasi ont prononcĂ© des discours Ă  la sĂ©ance d’ouverture de la ConfĂ©rence des Ministres europĂ©ens responsables des collectivitĂ©s locales et rĂ©gionales, Ă  Budapest, le 24 fĂ©vrier. ''Les autoritĂ©s locales et rĂ©gionales ont un rĂ´le crucial Ă  jouer dans la construction dĂ©mocratique de nos sociĂ©tĂ©s. En effet, je suis convaincue que leur rĂ´le s'accroĂ®tera davantage encore Ă  mesure que la dĂ©mocratie s’implantera en profondeur sur notre continent'' a dĂ©clarĂ© la SecrĂ©taire GĂ©nĂ©rale adjointe. Le prĂ©sident du Congrès a rappelĂ©, quant Ă  lui qu’ ''il n’y a pas de dĂ©mocratie sans dĂ©mocratie locale dans laquelle les citoyens sont Ă©troitement impliquĂ©s''. 

 Discours de Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
 Discours de Giovanni Di Stasi