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.
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 2015 to mid-April 2016
''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)
In his communication to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 13th April 2016, Andreas Kiefer underlined the importance of political dialogue with Member States, both in regular exchanges with the Ministers' Deputies and in meetings with government representatives in Strasbourg or in the capitals. In this regard, he welcomed the participation of several ministers at the 30th session in March, as part of debates on the monitoring of local and regional democracy and the post-monitoring procedure. The Congress offers concrete and practical contributions to the work of the Council of Europe, as there currently are – preventing and fighting corruption, programmes against radicalisation, fighting human trafficking and the integration of refugees and of migrants who are entitled to stay. He stated that these issues are major issues for governments but also for cities and regions, which are the front line. The Secretary General informed about the main results of the 30th Session of the Congress and the successful participation of 40 young people from 40 of the 47 member states in the works of the Committees, Chambers and the Session itself. He recalled that the next Congress session (19-21 October 2016) will be a session of renewal of its members and of the political leadership of all bodies. Activity Report - CG30(2016)22
Exchanges of views with the Committee of Ministers