A new Congress
Plenary Session of the Congress (27-29 May 2008) Strasbourg, France
Mildon elected President of the Congress
Yavuz Mildon (Turkey, EPP-CD) has been elected President
of the Congress, by acclamation, at the opening of the 15th Plenary
Session of the Congress, on 27 May, in Strasbourg. He is the 26th
President of the Congress, since 1957, the first from Turkey. (more...)
Congress decides to hold two plenary sessions as
The Congress adopted
new Rules of Procedure and decided, with effect from 2009, to meet in two plenary
sessions to be held in the spring and autumn of each year. This change
reflect the heightened political role of the Congress in a Europe in
which local democracy is a key condition for building a society based
on peace, democracy and stability.
to respect gender balance The new national delegations sitting in the Congress
must include a minimum of 30% of women in each delegation. The Congress is the first elected political assembly to
establish a 30-per cent minimum gender representation as a condition
for membership. All delegations have met this requirement.
has a reinforced political role and unique institutional presence'',
says Halvdan Skard
''This is a session of the renewal of Congress membership
and leadership. I strongly believe that the Congress has a bright
dynamic future, propelled by the will of its members to move forwards,''
said the outgoing Congress President Halvdan Skard presenting his
activity report, at the opening of the 15th Congress Plenary Session
on 27 May. ''The role and activities of the Congress puts it in a
unique position among European institutions to make a major
contribution in this respect'', he concluded.
Yavuz Mildon is the new Congress President, Ian
Micallef was re-elected President of the Chamber of Local
Authorities and Ludmila Sfirloaga was elected President of the
Chamber of Regions
Election of 3 new Presidents