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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Andreas Kiefer expresses the Congress’ support for Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia in the face of the terrible floods [22/05/2014]
On Monday 19 May Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, met with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ana Trisic-Babic. He expressed the Congress' full support for BiH and Serbia which are currently facing terrible floods. He informed her that the President of the Congress has passed a message to all national associations and delegations to call for help for the two countries in this situation. They also discussed the priorities of BiH for the future Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (May – November 2015) and the Congress's involvement in activities with a local and regional dimension. 
[06/05/2014]  Committee of Ministers in Vienna: ''Local and regional democracy has become THE landmark of European democratic development, says Herwig van Staa''
[05/05/2014]  EuDEM Conference: Multilevel Governance – from local communities to a true European community
[17/04/2014]  Presentation of the Congress activities to the Deputies
[16/04/2014]  Congress Secretary General Kiefer receives delegation of the Landtag of Salzburg

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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