|Congress and Council of Europe reform||Human rights at local level|
Philippe Richert, French Minister for Local authorities took part to the debate on the Congress reform in the context of the new Council of Europe orientations.
Thomas Hammarberg, the Commissioner for Human Rights underlined the complementary role of the different Council of Europe bodies.
|Integration of Roma||EU Co-operation|
A Summit of Mayors in autumn 2011 will be organised with cities and municipal networks acting for Roma integration, local and regional representatives from the Council of Europe's 47 member states, and in particular Roma elected members.
||Monitoring||Observation of elections|
The Congress adopted texts on local and regional democracy in Romania, Turkey and Austria. The Chamber of Local Authorities debated a report and adopted a recommendation on the state of local democracy in Malta.
Nigel Mermagen (United-Kingdom, ILDG) presented the report on the local elections held in Ukraine in October 2010. It is the result of an observation mission headed by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC).
Congress adopts a report on the local elections in Ukraine [24/03/2011]
While the local elections in Ukraine held on 31 October 2010 were generally conducted in a calm and peaceful atmosphere, they met neither the standards that the Congress wished to see, nor the standards set by the presidential elections in January and February 2010, concludes a report of the Congress, adopted on 24 March 2011. The report, presented by Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG) is the result of an electoral observation mission headed by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC). Members of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions took part in the mission. The main cause for concern raised by the report is a local election law which was adopted just before the elections and thus caused confusion in the organisation of the vote. (more...)
|[24/03/2011] The Committee of Ministers welcomes Congress’ commitment to the reform process|
|[24/03/2011] Malta launches initiative to lift reservations to the Congress Charter of Local Self-Government|
|[23/03/2011] Regional ombudsmen help to build citizen's confidence in public administration|
|[23/03/2011] The Congress adopts a monitoring report on local and regional democracy in Romania|
|[23/03/2011] The Congress proposes measures to meet the challenge of intercultural and inter-faith tensions at local level|
|[23/03/2011] Thorbjřrn Jagland: ''I support the Congress’ orientation on refocusing its priorities''|
|[23/03/2011] Debate on energy supply and energy efficiency at regional level|
|[23/03/2011] Council of Europe Congress announces Summit of Mayors to address Roma issues|
|[23/03/2011] Jean-Claude Frécon: ''In response to the current situation in Arab countries and in Japan, we must offer our support and our expertise''|
|[23/03/2011] ''Greater Europe needs the Congress''says Philippe Richert, French Minister responsible for local and regional authorities|
|[23/03/2011] Keith Whitmore: Strong local and regional structures in the Arab world increase security in Europe|
|[22/03/2011] The Congress of the Council of Europe wants to strengthen local mechanisms for promoting human rights|
|[22/03/2011] Congress to hold an urgent debate on the situation in Arab countries|
|[21/03/2011] Debate on Council of Europe and Congress Reform with the participation of Philippe Richert, French Minister responsible for Local and Regional Authorities|
|[09/03/2011] ''12 Star Cities'' certificate presentation ceremony at the Congress’s 20th session|
|[18/03/2011] Congress President, Keith Whitmore congratulates the City of Salzburg for its action to promote Human Rights at Local level|
|[18/03/2011] Local authorities are an integral part in building a democratic, human rights-based society|
|[18/03/2011] Debates on human rights at local level and on the situation of Roma in Europe|