How have local budgets fared in the recession? And, more
importantly, how are central and local governments across Europe
coping with the prevailing fiscal crisis? What can be done to
minimise harm to the public services they perform?
These were the questions discussed at the conference called
for by Ministers at the 16th session
of the Council of Europe Conference
European Ministers responsible for local and
regional democracy (Utrecht, Netherlands
2009) in preparation
for Ministers next Conference
in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2011.
The Conference was jointly organised by
the Council of
Europe and the Local Government
and Public Service Reform
Initiative of the Open Society
The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Local
Government in Europe: what is happening? What can be done?