Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Principality of Andorra
[20/04/2017 12:00:00] A delegation from the Congress will carry out its first monitoring visit to the Principality of Andorra from 25 to 26 April 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy,
Ms Gaye Doganoglu (Turkey, EPP-CCE), and Mr Zdenek Broz (Czech Republic, ECR), will examine the situation on local democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 2011. High level meetings are scheduled, in particular with Mr Antoni Martí Petit, Head of Principality of Andorra government, and Mr Jordi Cinca Mateos, Minister of Finance.
The delegation will also meet with the President of the Court of Auditors, Sr. Francesc d’Assís Pons Tomàs, the Vice-President of the General Council (Parliament), Ms Mònica Bonell Tuset, the President of the Constitutional Court, Mr Isidre Molas Batllori, as well as the Ombudsman (El Raonador del Ciutada), Mr Josep Rodriguez Gutièrrez.
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Congress concludes mission to assess local elections in Finland
[10/04/2017 17:00:00] At a press conference held on 10 April in Helsinki, findings of the Congress' electoral visit in Finland were presented by Mrs Lelia Hunziker (Switzerland, SOC), Head of the Congress delegation to observe the local elections organised on 9 April 2017 in the country. The Congress deployed 10 teams to visit some 150 polling stations in Helsinki, Tampere, Vaasa, Joensuu, Oulu, Kuopio, Jyvaeskylae and Rovaniemi.'The voting day was organised in a highly professional manner and procedures were fully in line with European standards for free, fair and transparent elections', stated Lelia Hunziker. The delegation welcomed the Finnish well-established system of voters' registration, recently also based on a sound computer population register. “We appreciated that the very first voter is given the opportunity to check the ballot box and the materials and we think that this is good practice for other Council of Europe countries” she added. The Congress also praised that only individuals who are permanently residing in a specific municipality have the right to vote at local level.
Photo: A Congress sub-delegation met the Finnish Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms, Ms Anu Vehviläinen. Full text of the news Speech by Lelia Hunziker, Head of the Congress delegation Article published on the YLE Finnish Public Broadcaster website (Finnish version) Photo Gallery - Flickr
The World Forum for Democracy returns with a sixth edition! – Call for submissions
[23/02/2017 09:00:00] The 2017 World Forum for Democracy (WFD) will be held in Strasbourg on 8-10 November. This year, the role of political parties and the media in the context of rising populism will be at the centre of discussion, with themes such as “From democracy of parties to democracy of citizens?” and “Media - friend or foe of democracy?”. Debates will focus, among others, on how to counter populism and foster pluralism in online media rather than extremism and polarisation. Public and private organisations, as well as local and regional authorities worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting their ideas by filling in the Submission of initiative in the Call for submissions document below and sending it to email@example.com by 30 April 2017.
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