Promoting local and regional democracy through regular dialogue with governments
As 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.
Herwig Van Staa: ''The Congress will pursue and deepen its dialogue with the Committee of Ministers''
Secretary General Andreas Kiefer presents the Congress activity report for the period November 2012 to April 2013
“We are pleased that the outgoing Chairmanship has focused in particular on the promotion of local and regional democracy, and we welcome the decision of the next Chair, together with the following chairmanships of Armenia and Austria, also to make promoting local and regional democracy their common priority”, Congress President Herwig Van Staa stated at the Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on the Transfer of the Committee of Ministers’ Chairmanship between Albania and Andorra, on 9 November in Tirana. The President stressed that the Congress will pursue and deepen its dialogue with national governments to ensure a more effective follow-up to its recommendations through post-monitoring operational activities, and to overcome together the existing problems at the grassroots. (more...)
In his communication on 3 April 2013 , Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, presented the Congress activities since November 2012, which include, among others the thematic debates of the 24th session, placed under the general theme of the crisis, several monitoring visits to member States, local election observation missions, the launching of the first pilot activities of the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion, as well as the launching of an interactive online platform to demonstrate good local and regional practices in combating the sexual violence against children and the preparation of the 2013 European Local Democracy Week. (more...)
Exchanges of views with the Committee of Ministers