Empowering youth: a shared responsibility for cities and regions [23/03/2014]
The Congress has decided to devote a large part of its two annual sessions in 2014 (March and October) to the theme “Empowering youth: a shared responsibility for cities and regions”. The aim is to generate exchanges between European local and regional elected representatives on the participation of young people, as actors of local and regional democracy. This gave rise to a number of targeted debates on issues relating to youth and democracy during the 26th Congress session, from 25 to 27 March 2014, in Strasbourg (France): on 25 March, on “Is there a real place for young people in local and regional democracy?”, on 26 March, on “Fostering youth employment through education and training: role and best practices within regions in Europe”, as well as, on “Empowering Roma youth participation: effective policy design at local and regional levels”. Finally, on 27 March, a debate was devoted to “Youth participation- Voting at 16?”. 
Youth education and training: regions invest in twin-track schemes [22/04/2014]
With five and a half million under-24-year-olds unemployed in the EU alone, many European regions are successfully developing training and employment schemes. On Wednesday 26 March 2014, the Congress’s Chamber of Regions looked at some particularly promising initiatives such as the “Giovani Si” scheme in Italy, training that combines apprenticeships and school-based learning in Austria, the AER’s Eurodyssey programme, and the creation of dedicated youth information points in a number of European cities. 
Lowering the voting age to 16: a way of increasing young people’s democratic participation? [27/03/2014]
In 2007, Austria was the first country in Europe to lower the voting age for all elections from 18 to 16. Out of a concern to improve active participation by young people in political life, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a debate on 27 March 2014 to assess the advantages and disadvantages of this measure, which is still an extremely controversial subject among its members. 
[27/03/2014]  Anne Brasseur : “In response to the crisis in Ukraine, the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress must speak with one voice'
[26/03/2014]  The Council of Europe Congress adopts a declaration on the situation in Ukraine
[27/03/2014]  Local and regional democracy in Sweden
[18/08/2014]  Comment renforcer la démocratie par les médias électroniques ?
[27/03/2014]  Human rights policy at regional level: examples of good practice in Europe
[27/03/2014]  Local democracy in Armenia
[27/03/2014]  The Congress calls for the release of Leyla Güven
[27/03/2014]  Local and regional democracy in the Netherlands
[26/03/2014]  Local and regional democracy in the United Kingdom
[26/03/2014]  The Congress adopts a strategy on the right of local authorities to be consulted by other levels of government
[22/04/2014]  Roma youth inclusion through respect for their rights and access to education
[26/03/2014]  Is there a real place for young people in local and regional democracy?
[26/03/2014]  The Council of Europe Congress, promoter of human rights implementation at local and regional level
[27/03/2014]  Signature of a Cooperation Agreement between the Congress and the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF)
[25/03/2014]  Local governance and implementation of human rights at local level among the priorities of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
[25/03/2014]  Publications: Special edition on the 20th Anniversary of the Congress and “The State of the Congress 2013” magazine
[25/03/2014]  An action plan for cooperation between the Congress and the Assembly of European Regions


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