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Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities until October 2016, member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly and French Senator, passed away on Saturday 10 December 2016 following a heart attack. He was 72 years old. Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström conveyed the condolences of all the members of the Congress to his family and loved ones. She praised the boundless commitment of a ''true activist for local democracy'', and added; ''we have lost not only a great President of our assembly but also a very dear friend who was loved by all.'' A tribute will be paid to him at the Parliamentary Assembly Session in January 2017 and at the Congress Session in March 2017.

Tribute to Jean-Claude Frécon - Messages published on the Congress website
Main Congress activities in 2016 presented to the Committee of Ministers

Twice a year the Secretary General of the Congress presents the most significant activities and achievements of the Congress to the Committee of Ministers. On 30 November 2016, Andreas Kiefer underlined in particular the signature of two more roadmaps as a follow-up to Congress monitoring reports (Armenia in June and Republic of Moldova in July), the successful implementation of the local democracy dimension of the Council of Europe Action Plans in Ukraine, Armenia, Albania and in the regional programme for the six countries of the UE neighbourhood policy, the launching of an Alliance of cities and regions to fight radicalisation during a first Summit of Mayors in Aarhus and its consolidation during the second Summit in Rotterdam, the elaboration of a toolkit for intercultural and interreligious activities by municipalities as well as the enhanced participation of young delegates in the work of the Congress. As written support to his communication, the Secretary General has made available a written report of activities between mid April and mid November 2016. 

Activity Report - CG31(2016)27  

Meeting on 1st and 2 December in Strasbourg
The Congress Bureau met in Strasbourg on 1 and 2 December for its last meeting in 2016. It approved the draft agenda of the 32st Session of the Congress (28-30 March 2017), the terms of reference of committees and the Congress’ contribution to the Cypriot chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Bureau members also appointed the rapporteurs for the Bureau and the thematic spokespersons for the period 2017-2018 and held a broad exchange of views with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, with whom they discussed the situation of local democracy in member states, in particular Turkey, Poland, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. The Bureau also heard a statement by the Chair of the Group of Independent Experts (GIE), Angel Manuel Moreno Molina, and it considered, in particular, the way in which the European Charter of Local Self Government had been received in member states. Finally, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Roma issues, Valeriu Nicolae, presented the 'Dosta! & UEFA Respect' project against racism, anti-gypsyism and violence against women. At the end of the meeting, the Bureau members donned the Dosta! Campaign t-shirt to symbolise their commitment against discrimination towards Roma.

Agenda of the Bureau and access to documents
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Call for applicants

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is inviting one young person per member State to come to Strasbourg to take an active part in its 32nd and 33rd sessions and develop their own grass-roots project back home as part of the Congress’ initiative “Rejuvenating politics”..
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The Congress has replaced its former observer status by four new types of partnership status in order to have a more targeted approach to the different categories of partner (such as national and European associations) and more detailed rules on their participation.
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