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Jean-Claude Frécon, new President of the Congress:
''It is up to us as members of the Congress to make a peaceful approach to self-government work in reality"

Jean-Claude FréconThe members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, meeting at the 27th Session in Strasbourg, elected Jean-Claude Frécon (France, SOC) by acclamation as President for a two-year term of office.

"It is by being as close as possible to our fellow citizens and experiencing their problems that we can best represent them in our national and European assemblies", said the new Congress President. "I believe that, through the political dialogue it has established with governments and, here in Strasbourg, with the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress can persuade central governments to establish and protect local and regional democracy more effectively throughout Europe."

Jean-Claude Frécon is a French Senator and a municipal councillor in Pouilly-lès-Feurs (Rhône-Alpes), where he also held the office of mayor for many years. A Congress member since 1994, Mr Frécon became Vice-President in 2002, headed the French delegation to the Congress from 2004 to 2012 and had been President of the Chamber of Local Authorities from 2010 to 2014.

World Forum for Democracy: 20 young Ukrainian leaders invited to discuss the practices of local democracy
The Congress took part in several plenary sessions and thematic workshops (“Laboratories” - LABs) during the World Forum for Democracy, organised from 3 to 5 November 2014 at the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg. Focusing on the theme of “From participation to influence: can youth revitalise democracy?”, the Forum brought together leaders, opinion shapers, activists from civil society and representatives of firms, universities, media and professional groupings. In this context, the Congress organised a study visit, from 3 to 7 November 2014, for 20 young Ukrainian leaders who attended the Forum and met local elected representatives of the City of Strasbourg and the towns of Saverne in France and Kehl and Kappelrodeck in Germany.
Congress special file
Forum website
Youth Delegates participate in the Congress Session for the first time

'Empowering youth: a shared responsibility for cities and regions": was the theme of the 27th Session of the Congress held from 14 to 16 October in Strasbourg. For the first time young delegates, aged 16 to 30 years, from 34 different countries, took part and spoke at all the debates, sitting together with the members of the Congress in the hemicycle. They also participated in the meetings of the three committees. On 15 October a special youth debate was on the agenda of the Session. The Youth Delegates decided on the two topics of the debate, namely "Youth (Un)employment" and "Co-management and the setting up of joint decision-making bodies".
Press release
Declaration of youth delegates
Video of the debate
Mediabox interviews of young delegates

Separatist tensions in Ukraine and neighbouring countries: adoption of a declaration

The Congress adopted a declaration on separatist tensions in Ukraine and neighbouring countries on 16 October, at its 27th session held in Strasbourg (France). In the latest declaration 'condemns Russia’s military intervention in the east of Ukraine, and condemns all forms of pressure by Russia on its neighbours'. 'The security of this continent is seriously threatened by the Russian Federation’s repeated failure to comply with international rules and the principles and values of the Council of Europe that it signed up to when it joined the Organisation', states the text presented by Marc Cools (Belgium, ILDG) on behalf of the Congress Bureau. The Congress had already condemned the annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation in a declaration made at its previous session in March 2014.
Press release
Text of the Declaration
Video of the debate 

The Congress has a renewed leadership voted in at its 27th Session. The term of office for leadership positions is 2 years.  
Press release  
All the debates, adopted texts, speeches, videos and interviews are available in the online file of the 27th Session (14-16 October 2014).
File "27th Session"


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