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Congress monitoring visit to France

[26/05/2015 09:00:00] The Congress will make a monitoring visit to France from 26 to 29 May 2015. The delegation will be composed of Jakob Wienen (EPP/CCE, Netherlands), Rapporteur on local democracy and Mayor of Katwijk, and Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (SOC, Austria), Rapporteur on regional democracy and Vice-President of the State Parliament of Salzburg. This is the first visit to assess the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government since its ratification by France in 2007. The Congress rapporteurs will examine in particular the territorial reform in progress and especially the conditions of consultation of the regions in the light of the Charter.
Press release
Monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government
French Delegation to the Congress

The Congress will observe the local elections in Albania, Moldova and Ukraine

[26/05/2015 14:00:00] The Bureau of the Congress, meeting in Paris on 22 May with Jean-Claude Frécon in the chair, focused in particular on the situation in Ukraine, where the Congress has just closed its post-monitoring dialogue on local democracy by signing a roadmap with the authorities for the implementation of reforms on decentralisation. The Bureau took note of the composition of the delegations for the observation of the elections in the Republic of Moldova and in Albania in June and of the elections to be held in Kosovo and in Ukraine, which the Congress could be invited to observe. It decided that at its next meeting it would discuss a timetable for the adoption of its priorities for 2017-2020. It also made an initial review of the participation of youth delegates in the 27th and 28th sessions and considered prospects for the future based on the work carried out by the ad hoc reflection group on the participation of young people, set up in March 2015. Following a presentation by the Mayor of Kobane and a statement adopted by the Bureau on the Kobane corridor at the 28th session, the French municipalities in the organisation “Cités Unies France” set up a solidarity fund for Kobane. The Bureau decided to pass on the fund-raising appeal by the President of this association to all the members of the Congress.

Local democracy in Ukraine: signing of a roadmap for implementation of the Congress recommendations

[20/05/2015 16:30:00] On 20 May 2015, the Congress and the Ukrainian national authorities signed a roadmap for implementation of the decentralisation reform in Ukraine. The signing of this roadmap follows the adoption by the Congress of a recommendation on the situation of local democracy in Ukraine and constructive post-monitoring dialogue on the European Charter of Local Self-Government since 2014. In particular, the Congress encourages the Ukrainian authorities to adopt the constitutional amendments relating to local self-government as soon as possible in order be able to hold local elections in October 2015. “With the ambitious reform process it has set in motion, Ukraine is today an illustration of the fact that real political change is possible”, said Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, at the official ceremony.
Press release
Speech by Jean-Claude Frécon
Speech by Marc Cools (French)
Roadmap for Ukraine (English)
Roadmap for Ukraine (Ukrainian)
Programme of the Roadmap's presentation
Photo gallery (Flickr)
File 'Ukraine and the Congress'

Leen Verbeek : “Enhancing security through video surveillance requires safeguards for the respect of human rights”

[12/05/2015 14:00:00] Leen Verbeek, Thematic Rapporteur on combating radicalisation and King’s Commissioner for the province of Flevoland (Netherlands, SOC), represented the Congress at the State of the Union Conference organised by the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence on 9 April 2015. “When we speak of security, we think more and more in terms of technology and video-surveillance,” he said addressing the participants in the Session “Security, Freedom and Technology in an urban context”. “But we must be aware of the risks this involves with regard to human rights abuses. Enhancing security through video surveillance is good, provided safeguards are in place such as consultation of citizens, transparency in the aims, as well as proportionality between aims and means,” he stressed referring to the EFUS Charter for a democratic use of video-surveillance. Mr Verbeek insisted on the specific role of local elected representatives in developing and implementing security measures. “Local and regional authorities can play a crucial role in tackling the dilemma of security versus freedom because of their proximity to citizens,” he concluded.
Conference website

Call for participation: 2015 edition of the Dosta!-Congress Prize

[27/04/2015 10:30:00] The 5th edition of the Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities is now open. The Prize is awarded to three municipalities from Council of Europe member States that have implemented innovative and creative initiatives to effectively ensure the long-term integration of the Roma and Traveller communities within their borders. The municipalities which carried such a project, while respecting the diversity of these communities and ensuring their active participation in democratic life, are invited to participate. Applications must be submitted using the application form available online. The deadline for submission of applications is 30th June 2015. The prize will be awarded on the occasion of the Congress’ 29th Session which will take place at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in October 2015.
Call for participation
Application Form
Website of the DOSTA! Campaign
Congress' website - Dosta!-Prize's page
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The agenda in brief
28 May - Congress pre-electoral mission to Albania (local elections on 21 June 2015) / Tirana, ALBANIA
28 May - "Focusing human rights": International Implementation Forum for Local and Regional Authorities / Graz, AUSTRIA

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