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Upcoming Congress events in September

[10/08/2015 10:30:00] In September the Congress will resume its activities as follows: The President of the Congress, Jean-Claude Frécon, will address the Committee of Ministers on 10 September in Strasbourg. Several times a year, the President shall 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 fourth part of the 2015 Session of the Parliamentary Assembly shall be held in Strasbourg from 28 September to 2 October with the participation of the President of the Congress. On 14 September, the Bureau of the Congress will hold a meeting in Strasbourg. The Monitoring Committee shall meet in Warsaw, Poland, on 17 September, and a Conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the European Charter of Local Self-Government will be held on 18 September in Warsaw. The Independent Group of Experts will meet in Strasbourg from 24 to 25 of September.

29th Session of the Congress: “Local responses to human rights challenges – migration, discrimination, social inclusion”

[29/07/2015 15:00:00] The 29th Session (20th to 22nd of October) will include debates on guidelines for local and regional authorities on preventing radicalisation, on active citizenship by building partnerships with civil society, as well as on the increasing poverty of women and children’s rights in times of austerity. In addition, the Congress will be considering the reports on local democracy in Luxembourg, Montenegro as well as reports concerning the observation of elections in Albania and the Republic of Moldova. The Session will also see the participation of youth delegates aged 16 to 30 who will be invited to sit alongside Congress members. Youth participation will be the focus of several debates. Several texts will also be debated for adoption, concerning “New forms of local governance”, “Trends in regionalisation in the Council of Europe member States”, “New E-tools: a game changer for politicians” and “Conditions of office of local and regional elected representatives”. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe will address the members of the Congress during the Session.
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Online registration for the 29th Session

[28/07/2015 16:30:00] The 29th Session of the Congress will take place from the 20th to 22nd of October 2015 in Strasbourg (France). To participate in the Session, you must register on the Registration Website by filling-out and validating the form provided for this purpose. This website is intended for all participants of the Session: representatives, substitutes, secretaries of delegations and members of other organisations. Apart from the registration form, the page also includes practical information.
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Nils Muižnieks: “Local and regional authorities can ensure that human rights are not only respected but also fulfilled”

[28/05/2015 10:00:00] Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered a speech at the Focusing on Human Rights: International Implementation Forum for Local and Regional Authorities in Graz, Austria, on 28 May 2015. A declaration on the Implementation of Human rights at local level was adopted by the representatives of the Congress during this event. “Municipalities and regions of Europe have expressed their determination to become exemplary in the realization of Human Rights”, he stated. “They have a key role in delivering services related to education, housing and social care”. Nils Muižnieks expressed a concern for the economic crisis and austerity measures affecting the situation of human rights, through the increasing poverty and violence, and insisted that “homelessness will not end by moving people on the streets away or criminalising begging”. He highlighted the Congress’ European Alliance for Roma Inclusion as a good example of coordinated approach between policy sectors. He underlined the example of a Roma settlement in Strasbourg where “the authorities were providing free electricity, waste collection, washing machines… social workers assisted residents to develop life plans and find work. All children were able to attend school”. The Commissioner also made a special mention of promoting gender equality at a local and regional level, and the key role of European networks and associations in pooling expertise and leading by example in the field of Human Rights.

Juliana Hoxha: “Citizen participation at a local level is a core value defended by the Congress”

[16/07/2015 11:00:00] Juliana Hoxha (Albania, SOC), Vice-president of the Congress, participated in two seminars on the theme of “Promoting citizen participation in Armenia” on the 14th and 16th of July in Yeghegnadzor and Aghveran (Arzakan), in the framework of the project “Strengthening Local Elective Representatives’ Leadership” launched by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. 200 mayors and municipal councilors representing all of the provinces of Armenia took part in the seminars, as well as local and international experts. “Organic law should provide all the possible means for the right of citizens to participate in local decision making to fight the growing distrust expressed by the population towards the public authorities”, she stated. “Citizen participation is the prerequisite of local democracy, for which Armenia has taken a step forward by undertaking an important path of reforms in the field of local government, including steps for a much needed territorial-administrative reform”, she added. The Vice-president also highlighted that the 30th anniversary of the signature of the European Charter of Local Self-Government would be celebrated in October this year and presented the European Week of Local democracy as a good initiative to promote citizen participation at local level.
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