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32nd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

In her communication at the opening of the 32nd Session of the Congress of local and regional authorities, President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström recalled that “local and regional authorities are responsible for carrying out a considerable share of public action in their States”. She expressed concern upon the situation in member States and in particular the situation of local and regional democracy and underlined that “the Europe of democracy and the Europe of values are in danger”. “When I see elected mayors arrested and replaced by civil servants, when I see powers transferred to central governments, when the wind of recentralisation blows, I feel that the great ambition that is ours is undermined” she said, adding that there was no inescapable fate in these trends. She invited local and regional elected representatives and the Congress to mobilise against any form of retreat of local government. “We must invest ourselves in order to convince our capitals that the crises we are going through can be overcome by collective, concerted and concrete action to which we, elected representatives and the Congress, can and must contribute,” she concluded, stressing that progress towards local and regional self-government will represent an important contribution to the democratic stability of the continent.
Communication by the President of the Congress
Mediabox - President of the Congress (German)
Mediabox - President of the Congress (English)

Communication by the President of the Chamber of local authorities
Anders Knape : "Political dialogue is an essential part of the work of the Chamber of Local Authorities"
Communication by the President of the Chamber of regions
Gunn Marit Helgesen: "Regional self-government is a way to enhance democracy"
Monitoring of local and regional democracy

Political and institutional dialogue

Migrations, South-Med partnership and fight against

Democratic participation and good governance


Collection of adopted texts: EN - FR
Agenda and links to reports: EN - FR - DE - IT - TUR - RU
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60 years of promoting local and regional democracy [A4 - pdf - English - French]
The state of the Congress 2016 [A4 - pdf - English - French]
Thematic activities [A5 - pdf - English - French]
Observation of elections at grassroots level- Fifteen years of experience in election matters [A5 - pdf - English]
Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life [A6 - pdf - 14 languages : English - French - Azeri - Belarussian - Bulgarian - German - Greek - Hungarian - Italian - Romanian - Spanish - Serbian - Turkish - Ukrainian]
Reference Framework for regional democracy [A6 - pdf - English - French - German]

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