Austrian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and grassroots democracy

Armenia has handed over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to Austria during a meeting held on 14 November 2013 in Strasbourg. ''The Congress is pleased to see that the quality of democracy and governance at the grassroots level continues to figure on the agenda of the Austrian Chairmanship, after those of Andorra and Armenia,' said Jean- Claude Frécon, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress. The priorities presented by Austria emphasize the role of the Congress as a “political assembly which promotes and strengthens local and regional democracy, inter-territorial and cross-border co-operation, as well as active citizenship and social inclusion in towns and regions. The commitment of elected representatives to ethical conduct and the fight against corruption at local and regional level are of topical interest in this respect.''


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  • 3-4 December 2013, Graz, Austria
    Expert Conference on integration policy
  • 7 February 2014, Edmundsburg, Salzburg, Austria
    Conference on citizen participation
  • 27 February 2014, Landhaus, Innsbruck, Austria
    Conference on 20 years of Congress and the Committee of the Regions (EN - DE)
  • 31 March – 1 April 2014, Konzerthaus, Klagenfurt, Austria
    Conference on education and youth - Information
  • 5-6 May 2014, Palais de l’Europe and Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg, France
    3rd Conference on European democracy- EuDEM 2014
  • 8-9 May 2014, Congress Center, Innsbruck, Austria
    Conference on fighting corruption

Presentation of the Congress activities to the Deputies [17/04/2014]
On 16 April 2014, Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer gave the Ministers’ Deputies a presentation of the results of the 26th (March 2014) session of the Congress and other recent Congress activities, in one of his regular exchanges with the Committee of Ministers. He underlined that “empowering youth” would be the focus of both Congress sessions and other activities in 2014. He also recalled that in 2014 the Congress was celebrating its 20th anniversary and had held a special ceremony for this during the March Session. An urgent debate had been held on the situation in Ukraine, with the Congress adopting a declaration stating that it defended the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Congress had declared itself ready to send a delegation to Ukraine, including the Crimea, to discuss the situation there, and was currently preparing an observation mission for the local elections on 25 May. Andreas Kiefer underlined the growing number of invitations to observe local or regional elections as another sign of the relevance of the Congress’ work. 
[16/04/2014]  Congress Secretary General Kiefer receives delegation of the Landtag of Salzburg
[10/04/2014]  Josef Neumann: ''Cities and regions are key to promoting human rights of people with disabilities''
[10/04/2014]  Congress President van Staa informs Federal President Fischer about the work of the Congress
[01/04/2014]  Klagenfurt conference: education is the key to youth employment

Documents "Austria: activities and texts of the Congress"


Delegation of Austria

The Austrian delegation to the Congress comprises 6 representatives and 6 substitutes. The head of the delegation is Mrs Gudrun Mosler-Törnström.
Austrian delegation

"Question/answers" brochure provides information on the political priorities, issues and events related to Austria's chairmanship, in particular of interest for th Congress.

Media booklet accompanying the DVD "Council of Europe - European integration" produced on the occasion of the Austrian Chairmanship
Booklet (German)
Video "Council of Europe" (German)
Texts adopted by the Congress

Local democracy in Austria
Recommendation 302 (2011)
Report CG(20)8 (2011)

Sabine Zimmer, Head of Planning, Coordination and institutional Communication Unit
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