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First meeting of High Level Group Congress / Committee of the Regions
[11/02/2016 10:30:00] The High Level Group “3+3” of the Congress and the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) met for the first time on 9 February 2016 in Brussels. Chaired by Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon and CoR President Markku Markkula, the participants exchanged views on the prevention of radicalisation and the integration of refugees. They also reviewed decentralisation in Ukraine and agreed that synergies will be strengthened. The Congress will participate in the task force set up by the CoR to support the reform process and reciprocally, members of the CoR will be invited to participate in Congress cooperation activities. The two institutions also made corruption prevention and ethics promotion at local and regional levels a shared priority, and will hold a joint conference on this topic in autumn 2016. From left to right: Jiří Buriánek, CoR Secretary General, Anders Knape, President of the Congress Chamber of Local Authorities, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, 1st CoR Vice-President, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, President of the Congress Chamber of Regions, Markku Markkula, CoR President, Jean-Claude Frécon, Congress President, François Decoster, President of CIVEX, Andreas Kiefer, Congress Secretary General More information
Ukrainian young local leaders driving change
[11/02/2016 11:30:00] The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising a regional seminar for young local leaders in Kyiv (Ukraine) from 9 to 11 February 2016. This event is part of a series of seminars aimed at spreading a culture of democracy by raising awareness on local and regional democracy principles, and developing the participants’ capacities to engage locally in an active and qualified manner.
Congress member Vitalii Oluyko (Ukraine, SOC) welcomed the 27 participants, at the opening, and encouraged them to get further involved, as it is this new generation that will help to make an effective change in Ukraine.
More information Facebook event of the Seminar Video 1 (Facebook) Video 2 (Facebook)
[09/02/2016 14:00:00] Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, Congress Vice-President, attended the seventh meeting of the EU CIVEX Commission in Brussels on 5 February 2016. In particular, she presented the preliminary report on the observation of the local elections in Ukraine (25 October 2015). The report will be discussed at the Monitoring Committee’s meeting in Paris on 12 February with a view to its adoption in March at the Congress’s 30th session. Ms Mosler-Törnström headed the enlarged Council of Europe delegation which observed the conduct of the elections from 22 to 26 October 2015 and included members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and of the EU Committee of the Regions. At the Brussels meeting, she also presented the Congress’s activities concerning the fight against radicalisation and violent extremism to the members of the CIVEX Commission.
Photos [Flickr] Congress calls on Ukraine to pursue the course of electoral reform and decentralisation Combatting radicalisatin - Congress reference texts
2016 European Local Democracy Week to focus on promoting intercultural dialogue
[08/02/2016 17:00:00] “Living together in culturally diverse societies: respect, dialogue, interaction” will be the theme for the 2016 European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), as approved by the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at its meeting in Paris on 8 February 2016 on a proposal from the ELDW national co-ordinators.
The 2016 theme follows on from that in 2015, with a stronger focus on education for democratic citizenship and human rights. “It is important to educate citizens at local level concerning their fundamental rights and freedoms and also to enable them to acquire the skills for promoting respect and diversity,” said Gaye Doganoglu (EPP/CCE, Turkey), Congress Vice-President and ELDW political co-ordinator.
Press release ELDW website
Congress Bureau: exchange of views with the Team Leader of the Migrant and Refugee Fund of the Development Bank
[05/02/2016 12:00:00] Members of the Bureau of the Congress and its two chambers will meet in Paris on Friday 8 February 2016. They will exchange views with the Deputy Director General for Loans and Social Development and Team Leader of the Migrant and Refugee Fund of the Council of Europe Development Bank, Stephan Sellen, on the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) launched by the Bank. The agenda will also include the 2017-2020 priorities as well as the preparation of the 30th Session (22-24 March 2016), the outcome of the 2015 Edition of the European Local Democracy Week (12-18 October 2015), the Emperor Maximilian Prize 2016 awarded by the Land of Tyrol and the City of Innsbruck, and the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016, awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly.
Letter of the Council of Europe Development Bank Website of the Council of Europe Development Bank
Moldovan Mayors together to build ethical governance
[05/02/2016 10:00:00] Moldovan Mayors exchanged views on their day to day challenges and their roles and responsibilities, during a Workshop “Mayors, leaders for change”, in Chisinau from 2 to 4 February 2016. This workshop is part of a peer-to-peer programme which aims to provide mayors with a platform for exchange on local democracy, whose first part was held in October 2015. “We are mayors 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and we as mayors, should lead our communities by example. Ethical values like responsibility, honesty, respect, correctness, professionalism are the key to our success. The better we inform our citizens about the work we are doing, the better the chance that change will be accepted and moreover, that the introduced changes succeed” stated the participants, who have committed to implement concrete initiatives at local level, in the area of ethics. They will share experience on the work that has been developed in April 2016 in Kiev, Ukraine, with peers from the Eastern Partnership countries during a regional seminar on Public ethics: “from vision to implementation at local level”.