The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will meet in session in Strasbourg, France, from 14 to 16 October 2014. Amongst other things, they will be examining three reports following the observation of the local elections this year in the Netherlands (19 March), Ukraine (25 May) and Georgia (15 June), and a report on the situation of local and regional democracy in Belgium.
Several thematic debates are also on the agenda, in particular the question of “sufficient resources” for local authorities, inter-regional co-operation, the role of the media in building participatory democracy, promoting diversity through intercultural education and communication strategies, promoting equal opportunities for people with disabilities and their participation at national and regional level, and the Congress’s contribution to the Council of Europe’s neighbourhood policy.
The overarching theme of this 27th Session will be “Empowering youth: a shared responsibility for cities and regions”. This is the common thread running through the Congress’s activities in 2014, and the aim is to provide a forum for exchanges between European local and regional elected representatives on the participation of young people as stakeholders of local and regional democracy. In this context, the Bureau has suggested inviting one young person for each of the 47 national delegations to take part in the Congress debates and activities.
In addition, during this Session, the Congress members will also be electing the new Presidents of the Congress, the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Chamber of Regions.