CITIZEN PARTICIPATION: reference texts

    · Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: Resolution 238 on the launching of the European Local Democracy Week : with the principle aim to draw the attention of European citizens and make them aware of the importance for a more active democratic participation.

    · Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: European Charter of Local Self-Government (explanatory report) and additional protocol on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority (explanatory report). The Charter lays down common European standards for protecting and developing local authorities’ rights and freedoms.

    · European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR): C.L.E.A.R. diagnostic tool, to help local governments to self-evaluate public participation in their localities.

    · Council of Europe: Convention on the participation of foreigners in public life at local level and its explanatory report. The Convention encourages giving foreigners the right to vote and stand in local elections. It guarantees foreigners the same freedom of opinion and expression as nationals, as well as the right to assembly, freedom of association and to get organized. Foreigners may also have representative organs at the local level, in particular to facilitate links with local communities.

    · Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: Education for democratic citizenship – tools for cities: The report proposes different strategies and frameworks for establishing and encouraging active civic and democratic position and full participation of citizens in decision-making processes. Personal behaviour and understanding are needed to develop democratic attitudes and to strengthen the citizen position in society.

    · Council of Europe: Charter on education for democratic citizenship and its explicatory memorandum: The Charter highlights the significant role of education in promoting core values of the Council of Europe: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Education is seen as a defence against the rise of violence, racism, extremism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance.

    · Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: Recommendation 307 on Citizen participation at local and regional level in Europe : This recommendation points out the importance of the public participation on local and regional level and the need of transparent and dynamic dialogue with the representatives. With comprehensive and accessible information, innovation and direct involvement the improving of democratic participation is possible.

    · Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: HAVE YOUR SAY! Manual on the revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life. The revised charter is designed as a tool to support young people, youth workers, organisations and local authorities in promoting and enhancing meaningful youth participation at local level across Europe. HAVE YOUR SAY! is a collection of reflections and questions that can help those working at local level to find their own ways of achieving meaningful participation by young people.

    · Code of good practice for civil participation in the decision-making process
    The Code offers a repertoire of good practices. It proposes all actors in the democratic process guidelines stemming from concrete practical experience of dialogue and co-operation between NGOs and public authorities.

    · Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: report on Citizen participation at local and regional level in Europe. The report aims to assess direct democracy procedures at the local and regional level in Europe and current trends in citizen participation in the democratic process.

    · Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers, Recommendation (2001)19 on the Participation of Citizens in Local Public Life. Lays out the basic principles of a local democratic participation policy (Appendix I), and steps and measures to encourage and reinforce citizens’ participation in local public life, elections, decision-making, and management of local affairs (Appendix II).

    · Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR), report on the Participation of citizens in local public life. A survey on the various types of participation in local public life taking into account participation through the exercise of voting rights, instruments of direct participation and the role of associations. A series of appendices outlines information supplied by twenty-five countries.

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