Under the overarching theme “Good Local and Regional Governance - the European Challenge”, the two main themes of this session pertained to the two levels of local and regional democracy:
Citizens at the heart of local democracy
European practice and recent developments in the field of regional self-government
European Democracy Week
At Valencia the Council of Europe, in partnership with national associations of local authorities, launched a new annual pan-European event, the
"European Local Democracy Week" aimed at promoting citizen participation at local level all over Europe.