In order to hear the stories of those who have been organising, coordinating and delivering responses to the crisis in towns and cities, provinces and Departements, regions and Länder, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will organise two debates.
The first debate (2:30-3:30 p.m.) will build on the Athens Declaration and examine how to respond effectively to a public health crisis in full respect of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. It will be opened by Anders Knape, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, and will include statements by Marija Pejčinović-Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs of Greece, and Michael Roth, Minister of State of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Special Representative of the Federal Government for the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.
The second debate (3:30-5:00 p.m.) will be devoted to the specific role of local and regional authorities. It will include statements by Gunn-Marit Helgesen, President of the Chamber of Regions, Xavier Cadoret, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens, and Gabriele Neff, Chair of the Congress Current Affairs Committee.
The event will be open to the public and interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Turkish.