Council of Europe Congress strengthens its dialogue with governments
In order to improve the visibility of its dialogue with governments; the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has created a new web space which includes information relating to communications that are regularly presented to the Committee of Ministers. The web page is rounded off by a detailed presentation of the activities dedicated to territorial democracy under the respective Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
Since the adoption and implementation of its reform, the activities of the Congress systematically form part of a close partnership with all levels of governance. This involves not only joint work with the other operational departments and bodies of the Council of Europe, but also direct co-operation with the governments of the Council of Europe member states. In this regard, the programme on local democracy devised by Albania, with the active participation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, is a concrete illustration of this strengthened dialogue.
Thus, several conferences and events will be organised throughout the Albanian Chairmanship. Two of these, in September and October 2012, will concern the promotion of human rights at local level and citizen participation in local public life, themes identified in 2011 as high in priority by the European Ministers responsible for Local Government. Likewise, a day will be devoted to multi-level co-operation facilitating cross-border co-operation. In the perpective of this agenda, the key texts of Congress - such as the European Charter of Local Self Government, the Reference Framework for Regional Democracy, etc. - have also been translated into Albanian.
Dialogue with governments
Albanian Chairmanship and territorial democracy
Communication of the Congress Secretary General - CG(22)20 [Text available in french - english - german - russian and italian]