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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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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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Annual co-ordination meeting of the European Local Democracy Week

[17/02/2015 13:00:00] The annual co-ordination meeting of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) was held in Paris (France), on 16 February 2015 with the participation of the most active cities and associations of the 2014 edition. The participants assessed last year’s edition, exchanged good practices and discussed the main theme for 2015. ''I am amazed by the variety of events organised on the occasion of the ELDW across Europe and the commitment of our partners, not only to the ELDW initiative, but to strengthening local democracy'', stated Gaye Doganoglu (EPP/CCE, Turkey), political co-ordinator of the ELDW. At the end of the meeting, the '12 Stars' were awarded certificates for their enhanced participation in the 2014 edition of the Week.

Congress Bureau: exchange of views with the Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy

[04/02/2015 18:00:00] At its meeting in Strasbourg on 2 February 2015, the Congress Bureau held an exchange of views with Ambassador Astrid Emilie Helle, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM). She particularly welcomed the initiatives taken by the Congress to combat radicalisation in cities and regions and to ensure follow-up to the participation of youth delegates after their active contribution to the debates held during the 2014 sessions. The exchange was held in the context of the enhanced political dialogue which the Congress has had over recent years with member states and their representatives on the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, thanked Ms Helle for the encouragement given to the Congress’ priorities, which were fully consistent with those of the Council of Europe. Karl-Heintz Lambertz, the Congress spokesperson on intergovernmental dialogue welcomed the commitment of the Ministers’ Deputies to facilitating dialogue between the Congress and the national authorities, which had helped accelerate the implementation of Congress recommendations in some states.

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 (franziska.schwelm@youthforum.org.
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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 congress.cooperation@coe.int with a subject line 'Call for experts'.
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