Co-operation activities - Ukraine

The project “Promoting local democracy in Ukraine” is carried out by the Congress of Local and Regional authorities of the Council of Europe as part of the Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017. It aims to improve the implementation of democratic principles in Ukraine, by enhancing the institutional and leadership capacities of local elected authorities and disseminating best practices in local democracy nation-wide. The intervention of the Congress is based on Recommendation 348(2013) on local and regional democracy in Ukraine, further complemented by a post-monitoring programme which successfully led to the joint signature of a roadmap with national authorities in May 2015, setting out a timeline for the implementation of reforms.
Objectives Partners and Beneficiaries
  • institutional and leadership capacities of local elected representatives are strengthened;
  • capability of local elected representatives to provide effective support to the implementation of the local self-government reform is reinforced;
  • active democratic citizenship is fostered and the implementation of local democratic participatory processes support is supported.
  • Local and regional elected representatives (Mayors and Councillors);
  • Associations of local and regional authorities;
  • Young local leaders;
  • Civil society organisations and media;
  • Representatives of the national government and the national parliament.
  • Members of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Congress
Expected results
  • Increased awareness and skills of mayors and local councillors regarding good practices in local democracy and European standards of local self-government, with a view to implementing the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government;
  • increased the capacity of local elected representatives to lead change at the local level;
  • establishment of commonly agreed mechanisms and processes promoting effective co-ordination and co-operation between different levels of local self-government, national associations and central authorities for the effective implementation of reforms;
  • increased participation of young leaders in local politics and local elections, with a better understanding of the role of local authorities and European standards for local self-government;
  • increased participation of women and individuals with an ethnic minority background (leaders of local NGOs and local councillors) in local politics and in promoting democratic changes at the local level;
  • implementation of local initiatives on citizen participation, accountability and transparency, and dissemination of the results;
  • observation of local elections and dissemination of the report and recommendations adopted by the Congress.
Mayors,
leaders for change
Local initiatives on transparency and citizen participation in Ukraine

Participants of the workshops “Mayors, leaders for change” have the opportunity to exchange experiences with Ukrainian and other European peers. Debating on local governments’ challenges and in particular on ways to define and lead successful policies, plan strategically, inspire and involve citizens and stakeholders in a positive and effective manner, will enable the Mayors to:

  • Improve their understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the position of mayors;
  • Enhance their leadership and communication skills in the context of local political governance and decision-making process;
  • Become more acquainted with democratic tools for engaging citizens into local decision-making processes;
  • Improve their awareness on ethics in politics and decision-making at local level and to exchange on practical recommendations on how mayors can fight corruption and unethical behaviour.

“Mayors leaders for change”, Odesa 15-16 February 2017
“Mayors leaders for change”, Kharkiv 1-2 February 2017
“Mayors leaders for change”, Lviv 5-6 October 2016
“Mayors leaders for change”, Kyiv 18-19 May 2016
“Mayors leaders for change”, Vinnytsya 2-3 March 2016
“Mayors leaders for change”, Kyiv 15-16 December 2015
Plus d'informations

The local initiatives scheme will support selected municipalities in planning, designing and implementing sustainable and replicable citizen participation actions which the greater aim to encourage local authorities to become more opened, inclusive, responsive, transparent and accountable to citizens.

Selected municipalities will benefit from a grant, experts’ support and peer reviews.

Call for proposals

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, within its project “Promoting local democracy in Ukraine”, is launching a call for proposals for participants involved in the “Mayors, leaders for change” activities. The selected local authorities will implement initiatives which aim to make their governance more open, inclusive, responsive, transparent and accountable to citizens, whilst ensuring that gender perspective is taken into account. The deadline for the submission of applications is on 21 May 2017.

Call for proposals : English - Ukrainian
Annex I – Application Form : English - Ukrainian
Annex II – Estimated Budget : English - Ukrainian
Annex III – Template Grant Agreement : English - Ukrainian
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions - Ukrainian version

Councillors:
everyday actors of local democracy
Young local leaders:
driving force of local democracy

The aim of the workshops “Councillors: everyday actors of local democracy” is to increase the knowledge of local democracy standards, to ensure effective and legal governance within local councils in the public interest, and to support the definition and implementation of successful policies in local communities while inspiring and involving citizens and stakeholders in a positive and effective manner. In particular, participants will be able to:

  • Raise their awareness on the principles of local democracy, including the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and its Additional Protocol on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority;
  • Discuss their role and responsibilities, their relation to the mayor, to the administration and to the citizens;
  • Discuss the establishment of commonly agreed mechanisms and processes promoting effective co-ordination and co-operation between different levels of local self-government, national associations and central authorities for the effective implementation of reforms;
  • Enhance their capacities with a view to engaging citizens in local affairs; and
  • Foster inclusive, transparent and ethical decision-making and exchange on practical recommendations for local authorities.

"Councillors: everyday actors of local democracy”, Kyiv 6-8 December 2016
“Councillors: everyday actors of local democracy”, Zhytomyr 14-15 September 2016
“Councillors: everyday actors of local democracy”, Poltava 7-8 September 2016
“City councillor: an everyday actor of local democracy”, Kyiv 15 April 2016
Forum “Decentralisation road to self-governance in Kyiv region”, Kyiv 1 March 2016

Young local leaders are local elected representatives (mayors and local councillors), representatives of civil society organisations and the media, aged between 18 and 35. Through exchanges of experience with members of the Congress and experts, the selected participants discuss freely their personal experience and share their perception of the role of local authorities and of citizens. Those activities aim to spread a culture of democracy by raising the awareness of young community leaders on local and regional democracy principles and developing their capacity to engage in local elections in an active and qualified manner. In particular, the focus is on:

  • Awareness-raising on European principles of local democracy, in particular the European Charter of Local Self-Government, and how these principles could be applied in Ukraine;
  • Exchanges of experience with local elected representatives from European countries and specific recommendations on how local leaders and civil society can unite their efforts to better respond to citizens’ needs;
  • Citizens’ participation and communication in the context of local political governance and decision-making processes;
  • Ethics issues at local level (what is ethical and what is not) and practical recommendations on how participants can fight corruption and unethical behaviour.

Seminar for young local leaders, Lviv 22-24 October 2016
Seminar for young local leaders, Chernihiv 5-7 July 2016
Seminar for young local leaders, Vinnytsya 5 -7 April 2016
Seminar for young local leaders, Kyiv 9 – 11 February 2016
Seminar for young local leaders, Kyiv 15-17 September 2015

Study visits

Every year, a group of 20 participants is selected among the project’ young local leaders to take part in a study visit to Strasbourg. Organised in parallel of the World Forum for Democracy, it is also the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Council of Europe and local authorities from France or Germany. These study visits enable the participants to:

  • Broaden their knowledge of the work of European Institutions in Strasbourg and its contribution to the everyday lives of citizens;
  • Acquire first-hand information on the opportunities and challenges of local policy-making by exchanging with local elected representatives in an interactive and constructive manner;
  • Get a global picture of innovative ways of involving youth in democratic decision-making processes.

Ukrainian young local leaders inspired by German Mayors to build enhanced local governance
Congress President meets Ukrainian local leaders
Co-operation, consultation and financial autonomy – three conditions for the proper development of local and regional democracy in Ukraine
Grassroots democracy discussed between Ukrainian young local leaders and representatives of Strasbourg Eurometropole and Alsace region

Observation of local elections

Further to the invitation by the Ukrainian authorities, the Congress deployed an enlarged delegation – including 28 members from the Congress itself, 11 from the Parliamentary Assembly and four from the EU Committee of the Regions – to observe the local elections held on 25 October 2015. From 1 to 3 October 2015 a pre-election visit was organised in Kyiv. On Election Day, 24 Congress’ teams, involving in total 56 observers from 25 European countries, monitored the procedures in some 240 polling stations, aimed at electing Heads, Mayors and Councils at different levels of territorial government. The entire Congress mission was closely co-ordinated with other international organisations, notably OSCE/ODIHR and the observers from the European Parliament.
On the whole, the voting and counting processes on E-Day were competitive, well organised and transparent in most of the country and the campaign, in general, showed respect for the democratic process.
Further information

Past Co-operation projects

“Co-operation with Ukraine – Immediate measures package”
Period: 15.04.2014 – 31.12.2014
Partners: Government of Ukraine, local authorities and their associations.

“Strengthening the capacity of local authorities in Ukraine”
Period: 1.04.2014 – 31.05.2015
Partners: Government of Ukraine, local authorities and their associations.