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Monitoring visit by the Congress to Luxembourg

[04/03/2015 12:00:00] A delegation from the Congress is to make a monitoring visit to Luxembourg from 3 to 5 March. Congress rapporteurs Dorin Chirtoacã (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CCE) and Marianne Hollinger (Switzerland, ILDG) will examine the follow-up action taken on the commitments made by Luxembourg in the sphere of local democracy and devolution when it ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 1987. On 3 and 4 March, the delegation will meet, in particular, Dan Kersch, Minister of the Interior, Viviane Ecker, President of the Council of State, Mars di Bartolomeo, President of the Chamber of Deputies, Georges Santer, President of the Constitutional Court, and Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and an MP representing the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The delegation will also be meeting Lydie Err, Ombudsman of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the mayors of the municipalities of Luxembourg, Schengen and Schuttrange and some representatives of the Luxembourg delegation to the Congress. Photo: The Congress delegation meets with Mars di Bartolomeo, President of the Chamber of Deputies
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Photos - Visit to the Chamber of Deputies

Establishment of a Local Democracy Agency in Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)

[05/03/2015 12:00:00] On 6 March 2015, ALDA - The European Association of Local Democracy, will organise an introductory event to present the Local Democracy Agency which will be launched in Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) on 18 May 2015. Representatives from the regions of Lower Silesia (Poland), Alsace (France), and Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) will exchange with local and regional authorities, young local leaders and civil society organisations on the objectives, role and needs of the future Local Democracy Agency. Dobrica Milovanovic, Board member of ALDA and Congress member (Serbia, EPP/CCE), will present the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Kragujevac (Serbia).
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Workshop in the framework of the project : 'Institutional support to the Communities Associations of Armenia'

[24/02/2015 11:00:00] On 19 February 2015, the Congress organised a workshop in Yerevan (Armenia) on the role of associations of local authorities in the framework of the project “Institutional support to the Communities Associations of Armenia” which brought together 45 members of Communities Association of Armenia (CAA), including mayors and members of the decision-making bodies of the CAA. They exchanged with peers from other European associations from Denmark, Finland, Georgia and Latvia and Congress members : Juliana Hoxha (SOC, Albania), Lotte Cedersjold (SOC, Denmark) and Andris Jaunsleinis (ILDG, Latvia) on means and necessary steps for the organisational development of the CAA so it can become a key stakeholder of local self-government reforms in Armenia.
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Call for applications: European Youth Capital 2018

[26/01/2015 11:30:00] The European Youth Forum has launched a call to find its European Youth Capital (EYC) 2018. This title is awarded to a European municipality for a period of one year, during which it is given the opportunity to showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic policies. Since 2014 the Congress has been endorsing partner of the EYC which encourages municipalities to implement innovative projects to promote the active participation of young people in society. Cluj-Napoca (RO) is the 2015 European Capital. In 2016 Ganja (AZ) will take over and then Varna (BG) in 2017. For any queries: Franziska Schwelm, Policy Officer Youth Participation, in the European Youth Forum (
Website 'European Youth Capital'

LADDER Project: ''Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising Awareness''

[23/02/2015 12:00:00] ''The Congress has established relations with Southern Mediterranean towns and associations. Our objective, corresponding to that of the LADDER project, is to promote via the local authorities tangible initiatives of dialogue, particularly in conflict areas; to restart the process of developing associations of local authorities, and to consider the support which the European Charter for Local Self-Government might give the local authorities in the Council of Europe neighbourhood regions,'' Barbara Toce (Italy, SOC), Vice-President of the Congress, declared on 21 February 2015 in Modena (Italy) at the first meeting of the LADDER project’s steering committee: ‘Local authorities as drivers for development through education and awareness-raising’. Initiated by the ALDA, the project is intended to strengthen the action of local authorities in European Union development policies (EU DEAR), particularly in the Union Neighbourhood regions.
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Cooperation programmes : Call for expression of interest for the assignment of short-term international experts

[21/01/2015 14:30:00] The Congress implements bilateral and multilateral projects as part of the democracy component of the Council of Europe Action Plans and priority documents for its member states such as Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as well as Belarus and Kosovo, and the Eastern and Southern neighbourhood (Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Kazakhstan). These projects provide capacity-building and awareness-raising activities on local democracy principles for mayors and municipal councillors as well as for other actors of local democracy. They also support to the institutional development of local government associations and policy advice to reinforce the dialogue with national authorities. The Congress is looking for international experts to contribute to the implementation of current, and forthcoming, co-operation projects under the guidance of its Secretariat both in the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg (France) and in the Council of Europe Offices located in target countries. Candidates must submit their curriculum vitae in English or French possibly in Europass format to with a subject line 'Call for experts'.
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The agenda in brief

6 March - LDA Ukraine Stakeholders meeting / Dnipropetrovsk, UKRAINE

Calendar of events
Calendar of local and regional elections in COE member states
Drapeau européenYouth activities
Drapeau européenFocus on Ukraine
VIDEO CLIP - The Congress in brief YouTube

Drapeau européenPolitical dialogue with governments
Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers