Second Review Conference : CDLR/OSF/CEMR International Conference “Crisis and recovery: bringing solutions in partnership”

STRASBOURG (France), 20-21 June 2011

About the conference
From 20 to 21 June the Council of Europe, Open Society Foundations and CEMR will held in Strasbourg the conference taking stock of the situation and showcasing innovative practices for tackling economic recovery in Europe’s municipalities and regions. It will provide an important occasion for reviewing the guidelines adopted in the Utrecht declaration and for proposing more developed guidelines to be considered for adoption at the 17th Session of the Ministerial Conference in Kyiv in November 2011.

In 2009, European Ministers responsible for local and regional government, at the 16th session of the Council of Europe ministerial conference (Utrecht, Netherlands), addressed the impact of the financial/economic crisis on local government and adopted a statement and a number of policy guidelines in the final “Utrecht Declaration”. They agreed that work on this topic should be continued, notably by monitoring the financial and economic developments for local and regional governments and policy responses adopted. A first review conference was held in Strasbourg in October 2010.

Conference Publication:
The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Local Government in Europe: what is happening? What can be done?

Conference Objectives 


Opening speeches (list incomplete, update in progress)

  “Putting human rights at the heart of economic recovery plans”. Speech of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, at the International Conference on “Local government: Responses to recession across Europe”, Strasbourg

Speech by Mr Jean Louis Laurens, Director General of Democracy and Political Affairs, Council of Europe


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Other resources

  Council of Europe reports on local finance
  Council of Europe handbook, including Recommendations from the Committee of Ministers
  Questionnaire 1 sent to national observers for updating the report on the Impact of the Economic Downturn at Local Level; what is happening? what can be done about it?
  Questionnaire 2 sent to CDLR members for updating the above-mentioned report
  Questionnaire 3 sent to both national observers and CDLR members




More Information

Council of Europe Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg
20-21 June 2011
New!! Conference conclusions
Conference description and programme
List of speakers
List of participants

Practical Information for participants