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127th Session of the Committee of Ministers: “To face the crises in Europe, we must mobilise all forces at all levels of governance”, says Congress President

[19/05/2017 12:00:00] “Today Europe is facing great difficulties: the economic crisis, mistrust in politics and politicians, the lack of solidarity towards refugees and migrants. At the same time, the rise of extremism, nationalism and terrorism is threatening our societies. In this context, more than ever, the contribution of local and regional elected representatives to the work of central governments is indispensable,” highlighted Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström at the 127th Session of the Committee of Ministers in Cyprus, on 19 May 2017. Congress President presented an overview of the Congress, which is the second Council of Europe Assembly, and underlined the role of local and regional authorities in tackling these issues as they are at the closest level to the citizens. “In order to fulfil their tasks, local and regional authorities must have the necessary means and they must be involved in the drawing up and implementation of national and European policies and legislation,” she stated. “We are convinced that the mobilisation of all forces at all levels of governance will enable us to overcome the major threats to our values and to our societies,” concluded Congress President.

Breda Pecan opens the XII General Assembly of NALAS

[19/05/2017 10:30:00] “Local and regional authorities, and their respective associations, are key partners who must play a vital role in the dialogue to strengthen local democracy and to coordinate integration efforts, with a view to ensuring stability in the region” affirmed Breda Pecan (Slovenia, SOC), Vice-President of the Congress, at the General Assembly Meeting of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) in Vienna (Austria), 19 May 2017. Ms Pecan took the opportunity to outline the importance of the NALAS Position paper on “Western Balkans in the loop, Local Governments and their associations as key stakeholders in the EU integration process” in this regard. Reiterating the Congress’ support to NALAS, Ms Pecan highlighted the achievements of NALAS as an inspirational platform recognised for the quality of its work, for its networking capacity, and for the spirit of co-operation it maintains in the region and with its partners. She underlined the synergies between the work of NALAS and the Congress’ priorities which, for 2017-2020, focus on two main lines of action: “Enhancing the quality of local and regional democracy” and “Building safe and inclusive societies that respect diversity”.
NALAS website

Liisa Ansala: ”Further democratic consolidation is needed in Yerevan also outside the polling stations”

[17/05/2017 16:00:00] A 10 member electoral assessment team from the Congress – headed by Liisa Ansala (Finland, ILDG) and including two representatives from the EU Committee of the Regions – concluded on 15 May its mission to observe the elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan which were held on Sunday 14 May in the Armenian capital. During this vote, held on the basis of the amended 2016 Electoral Code, Voter Authentication Devices (VADs) were in use for the second time, after the Parliamentary elections of 2 April, which allowed the Congress delegation to assess the implementation of both the new legal framework and the new electronic system to identify voters and prevent fraud. On Election Day, four Congress’ teams visited some 100 polling stations in the different administrative districts of Yerevan(Kentron, Nork-Marash, Avan, Qanaqer-Zeyt’un, Nor-Nork’, Erebuni, Nubarashen, Malatia-Sebastia, Schengavit’, Davt’ashen, Achapnyak and Arabkir).
Press release
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Marc Cools: “Local good governance and active citizenship are the best guarantors for change in Ukraine”

[18/05/2017 16:30:00] Outlining the principles enshrined in the European Charter for local self-government to 30 local councillors from the Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lugansk regions, Marc Cools, Rapporteur on local and regional democracy in Ukraine (Belgium), stressed the need to further strengthen the implementation of the principle of subsidiarity in Ukraine. This was underlined by Yuliya Svitlychna, Vice-President of the Congress (Ukraine), having added that: 'Decentralisation ensures the transfer of financial resources and powers to the local level, therefore enhancing the responsibility of local councils. It is one of the successful reforms currently implemented in Ukraine'.

17 May: International day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

[17/05/2017 11:00:00] On the occasion of International day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2017, the Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström and other members of the Congress - all local and regional elected representatives - addressed video messages to call on decision-makers and citizens to defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the slogan 'Come out for Human Rights!'. For many years the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has been promoting the implementation of grassroots initiatives and policies to guarantee the rights of LGBTI people and to combat discrimination against them. The Congress has adopted, in March 2015, Resolution 380 (2015) and Recommendation 370 (2015) on “Guaranteeing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s rights: a responsibility for Europe’s towns and regions”.
Congress Thematic File
Web page “Come out for Human Rights!”
Playlist – You Tube

Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Principality of Monaco

[15/05/2017 15:00:00] A delegation from the Congress carried out its first monitoring visit to the Principality of Andorra from 16 to 17 May 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Mr Michail Angelopoulos (Greece, EPP-CCE) et Mrs Marianne Hollinger (Switzerland, ILDG), examined the situation of local democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the Principality in 2013. High level meetings were scheduled, in particular with Mr Patrice Cellario, Government Councillor – Minister of Interior of the Principality of Monaco. The delegation also met with the Mayor of Monaco and President of the National Delegation of Monaco to the Congress, Mr Georges Marsan, the President of the National Council, Mr Christophe Steiner, the President of the Supreme Audit Commission, Mr Jean-Pierre Gastinel, the Vice-President of the Supreme Court, Mr Jean-Michel Lemoyne De Forges, as well as the High Commissioner on protection of rights, freedoms and mediation, Mrs Anne Eastwood. Finally, the rapporteurs held discussions with representatives of the National Delegation of Monaco to the Congress.
Press release
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Call for proposals for initiatives on transparency and citizen participation in Ukraine

[24/04/2017 10:30:00] The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, within its project “Promoting local democracy in Ukraine”, is launching a call for proposals for participants involved in the “Mayors, leaders for change” activities. The selected local authorities will implement initiatives which aim to make their governance more open, inclusive, responsive, transparent and accountable to citizens, whilst ensuring that gender perspective is taken into account. The deadline for the submission of applications is on 21 May 2017.
Call for proposals
Annex I – Application Form
Annex II – Estimated Budget
Annex III – Template Grant Agreement
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions - Ukrainian version
Webpage “Promoting local democracy in Ukraine”

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