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29th Session of the Congress: “Local responses to human rights challenges – migration, discrimination, social inclusion”

[29/07/2015 15:00:00] The 29th Session (20th to 22nd of October) will include debates on guidelines for local and regional authorities on preventing radicalisation, on migration in the presence of the Director of FRONTEX (tbc), on active citizenship by building partnerships with civil society, as well as on the increasing poverty of women and children’s rights in times of austerity. In addition, the Congress will be considering the reports on local democracy in Luxembourg, Montenegro and on local and regional democracy in France as well as reports concerning the observation of elections in Albania and the Republic of Moldova. The Session will also see the participation of youth delegates aged 16 to 30 who will be invited to sit alongside Congress members. Youth participation will be the focus of several debates. Several texts will also be debated for adoption, concerning “New forms of local governance”, “Trends in regionalisation in the Council of Europe member States”, “New E-tools: a game changer for politicians” and “Conditions of office of local and regional elected representatives”. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe will address the members of the Congress during the Session.
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Online registration for the 29th Session

[28/07/2015 16:30:00] The 29th Session of the Congress will take place from the 20th to 22nd of October 2015 in Strasbourg (France). To participate in the Session, you must register on the Registration Website by filling-out and validating the form provided for this purpose. This website is intended for all participants of the Session: representatives, substitutes, secretaries of delegations and members of other organisations. Apart from the registration form, the page also includes practical information.
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Congress President concerned by resurgence of regional tension in Georgia

[20/07/2015 14:30:00] Reacting to the moving of the Administrative Border Line (ABL) between South Ossetia and the rest of Georgian territory, Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress made a statement. “In March this year, speaking on behalf of the Congress, I strongly condemned the signature of a so-called “alliance and integration treaty” between South Ossetia and Russia. We were convinced that this move could heighten tension in the region and pose a threat to the local populations”- he stated insisting that 'the Congress has always been in favour of establishing regions with a special status which respect the territorial integrity of states. Consequently, the only reasonable solution is for South Ossetia to once again come under the control of the Tbilisi authorities.”
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Juliana Hoxha: “Citizen participation at a local level is a core value defended by the Congress”

[16/07/2015 11:00:00] Juliana Hoxha (Albania, SOC), Vice-president of the Congress, participated in two seminars on the theme of “Promoting citizen participation in Armenia” on the 14th and 16th of July in Yeghegnadzor and Aghveran (Arzakan), in the framework of the project “Strengthening Local Elective Representatives’ Leadership” launched by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. 200 mayors and municipal councilors representing all of the provinces of Armenia took part in the seminars, as well as local and international experts. “Organic law should provide all the possible means for the right of citizens to participate in local decision making to fight the growing distrust expressed by the population towards the public authorities”, she stated. “Citizen participation is the prerequisite of local democracy, for which Armenia has taken a step forward by undertaking an important path of reforms in the field of local government, including steps for a much needed territorial-administrative reform”, she added. The Vice-president also highlighted that the 30th anniversary of the signature of the European Charter of Local Self-Government would be celebrated in October this year and presented the European Week of Local democracy as a good initiative to promote citizen participation at local level.
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Seminar programme Yeghegnadzor
Seminar programme Arzakan
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Nataliya Romanova: “The Congress is happy to provide a platform for discussion and to support positive change through exchanges with peers and experts”

[10/07/2015 11:30:00] Nataliya Romanova, Vice-President of the Congress, opened the first regional Conference of the programme “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance” on 10 July 2015 in Tbilissi (Georgia), as part of the Programmatic Co-operation Framework 2015-2017 for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. “It is of paramount importance that efforts and actions are undertaken in member states of the Eastern Partnership to be in line with the Charter, and that all stakeholders have the knowledge and understanding of what the Charter entails, of the requirements to be met for enhanced local democracy” she stated. This event lays the foundation for further exchanges on the roles and responsibilities of local elected representatives, on ethical decision-making processes at the local level, as well as on citizen participation.
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Speech of Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia
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Speech (Georgian) of David Narmania, Mayor of Tbilissi, Head of the delegation of Georgia to the Congress
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