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 April to end of November 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 of 11 December 2013, Andreas Kiefer Congress Secretary General presented an overview of the main activities of the Congress from April to end of November 2013. He noted that the Congress has continued to develop a three stages’ monitoring of the situation of local and regional democracy in member states : monitoring, post-monitoring dialogue and targeted cooperation activities. He recalled that the Congress is actively engaged in political dialogue with governments to encourage the implementation of its recommendations. At the 25th session in October, the European Charter of Local Self-Government was ratified by the 47th member state (San Marino) and it now covers 100 % of the territory of the Council of Europe. In 2013, Congress sessions were devoted to responses by local and regional authorities to the challenges of the economic and financial crisis. In 2014, the general theme for the Congress sessions will focus on strengthening democracy and social cohesion for young people and their participation in democratic life. (more...)
Exchanges of views with the Committee of Ministers