The two sessions in 2015 were on the theme “Local responses to human rights challenges: migration, discrimination, social inclusion”. At the 29th session, the theme was addressed from various angles, through the examination of thematic reports and the holding of debates, all of which were related to particular contexts and highly topical issues in our states and institutions.
Naturally, this was true of the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe, which we debated and which we are going to continue to work on, including between sessions. It is also true of the problem of radicalisation, which is being reflected in most of our countries in violence and, in some cases, more tragically, in terrorist attacks. In the months ahead, we will work to promote the implementation of the guidelines which we have adopted to combat these excesses.
This topical relevance of our debates concerns many other issues which we dealt with during the session. We welcomed youth delegates who urged us to change our habits and whom we left room to express themselves during the session.
You will find details of the work done in this newsletter. While it is, of course, just a condensed version of our work, it provides a very good overview of what we do at our sessions. Our work as grassroots elected representatives is a long-term process which demands creativity, perseverance and commitment.
I hope you enjoy reading all this information, which will enable you to continue your active contribution outside the session.
President of the Congress
We are pleased to offer you this newsletter summarising the main activities of the 29th session. We hope you will find it useful and urge you to distribute it widely among those around you so as to publicise the work of the Congress and your work as a local or regional elected representative in the European institutions. 245 members of the Congress took part in the 29th session. The figure is up over 25%, as 195 members took part in the 27th session in October 2014. This increase demonstrates the members’ growing interest in the work of their assembly. You will find by clicking here some facts and figures intended to give you a clearer picture of the communication and publicity tools which we provide for you and which I urge you to use as widely as possible in your activities.
Secretary General of the Congress