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.

Jean-Claude Frécon: ''Our dialogue with the governments paves the way for implementation of our recommendations on local and regional democracy'' 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 ''Successive Committee of Ministers Chairmanships provide us with an opportunity to pursue our political dialogue with national governments, a dialogue which is also ongoing within the framework of monitoring and post-monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It is this dialogue that enables us to assist governments in implementing Congress recommendations on local and regional democracy'', said Jean-Claude Frécon at the annual ministerial session of the Committee of Ministers held in Brussels on 19 May 2015. He highlighted several areas where the Congress makes a tangible contribution through its activities at local and regional level, in particular combating extremism and radicalisation and promoting human rights. The President of the Congress also presented the concrete results of post-monitoring dialogue with national authorities, exemplified by the preparation of a roadmap for implementing reforms in decentralisation in Ukraine and similar projects currently under discussion with the governments of Georgia, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Armenia.
Speech (French)
Speech - Transfer of Chairmanship (French)

Andreas Kiefer, Secrétaire Général du Congrès

In 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

Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
Bosnia and Herzegovina chairs the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from May to November 2015.
File "Bosnia and Herzegovina - Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and grassroots democracy
Bosnian Delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Previous Chairmanship
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