Promoting local and regional democracy through regular dialogue with governments
European flagAs part of its monitoring of regional democracy in Europe, the Congress maintains a regular dialogue with member states of the Council of Europe. The Committee of Ministers, which includes the 47 Foreign Ministers of these states, the Conference of Ministers responsible for local and regional authorities, as well as its Steering Committees - like the one on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) - are partners in this regard.

Several times a year, the President and the Secretary General of the Congress provide the representatives of the member states in the Committee of Ministers with a record of its activities and hold an exchange of views.

The Congress also has direct contacts and exchanges with national governments, in particular, on the occasion of official visits in the member states, or during follow-up visits or observation of local and regional elections.

Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon welcomes regional democracy example set by Belgium Secretary General Andreas Kiefer presents the Congress activity report for the period from December to mid-April 2015

Herwig Van Staa, President of the Congress'The Committee of Ministers chairmanships provide an opportunity to pursue the political dialogue we initiate with the member state governments in the course of monitoring the European Charter of local self-government', said Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, on 13 November 2014, as the chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers was handed over from Azerbaijan to Belgium. 'Belgium's federal make-up and tradition of decentralisation makes it an example for Europe. There might sometimes be difficulties, but the spirit of constant dialogue between the different levels of governance prevailing in your country is the same driving force that is central to the mission of the Congress'.
Speech (French)

Andreas Kiefer, Secrétaire Général du CongrèsIn a communication to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 15 April 2015, Andreas Kiefer, Congress Secretary General, who was elected for a second 5-year mandate during the 28th session of the Congress, presented developments at the Congress over the past five years. In particular, he underlined the Congress's enhanced role as a political assembly, monitoring and election observation body and provider of operational projects. He stressed the importance of the Committee of Ministers' political support in these developments. In presenting the recent activities of the Congress, he gave details of the practical results achieved a year and a half after the introduction of the new post-monitoring policy. "We are engaged in a fruitful dialogue with several member states (Ukraine, Portugal, Georgia and Armenia). The preparation of 'roadmaps' is an effective element in the implementation of our recommendations," he said. In this connection, he pointed out that, on 23 March, the Congress Bureau had approved guidelines for the implementation of co-operation activities in Council of Europe member states. The Secretary General also reported on the 28th session of the Congress, which was held from 24 to 26 March 2015 under the general theme of "local responses to human rights challenges".
Discours and
Activity report CG/2015(28)21

 

Exchanges of views with the Committee of Ministers

15.04.2015 - Exchange of views and activity report CG/2015(28)21 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

10.12.2014 - Exchange of views and activity report CG(27)19 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

22.10.2014 - Exchange of views with Jean-Claude Frécon, Congress President

06.05.2014 - Exchange of views avec Herwig van Staa, Congress President

16.04.2014 - Exchange of views and activity report CG(26)19 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

11.12.2013 - Exchange of views and activity report CG(25)26 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

03.04.2013 - Exchange of views and activity report CG(24)18 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

14.11.2012 - Exchange of views and activity report CG(23)19 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

23.05.2012 - Communication by Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress

09.05.2012 - Exchange of views and activity report CG(22)20 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

16.11.2011 - Exchange of views and activity report CG(21)23 presented by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress

Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
Belgium chairs the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from November 2014 to May 2015.
File "Belgium - Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and grassroots democracy
Delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

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