4th General Meeting of national associations of local and regional authorities
13 September 2012, Strasbourg, France
The Congress of the Council of Europe organised the 4th round of the General Meeting of national associations of local and regional authorities on 13 September 2012 in Strasbourg (France). Since 2006, this meeting takes place every two years to reinforce the Congress partnership with the associations.
The day of 13 September was an occasion to examine the priorities of the Congress for 2013-2016 with a view to their adoption at the 23rd Session this October, and also to discuss joint actions that might be conducted by the Congress and the national associations, concerning three subjects:
the impact of the world financial recession on local and regional authorities ethics, transparency and the fight against corruption for good local and regional governance co-operation with the member and adjacent non-member countries of the Council of Europe.
ONE in FIVE: which role can the national associations perform in combating sexual abuse of children?
During this General Meeting, a debate dealt with the ONE in FIVE campaign of the Council of Europe to combat sexual violence towards children. The aim was to illustrate the concrete actions that the national associations and the local and regional authorities can conduct in this field. The Congress carries the local and regional dimensions of this campaign and encourages local and regional government to develop multidisciplinary structures and mechanisms and to promote a more child-friendly culture of towns and regions. File "Local and regional dimension of the ONE in FIVE campaign" Website ONE in FIVE
Interview Antonella Cagnolati, Director of the Congress
"The primary objective of the general meeting is to seek the associations’ views about the draft priorities adopted by the Bureau of the Congress before they are submitted to its members for discussion and adoption. We want the priorities also to reflect the national associations’ aspirations for European action. We therefore expect the associations to react to the priorities for 2013-2016 submitted to them and look forward to receiving their contributions."