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The Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will hold a remote meeting on 17 September 2020. The Committee members will hold a debate on the protection of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in extreme crisis situations. They will examine reports for approval on the situation of local and regional democracy in Austria and Ukraine, as well as a report on local and regional elections in major crisis situations. The situation of the administrative and territorial reform in Latvia will also be discussed. In addition, the 2nd volume of the Human Rights Handbook on Social Rights at Local and Regional Levels will be presented with a view to its adoption.

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The Covid-19 pandemic must not lead to a “lockdown” of local democracy

Monitoring Committee 17 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the balance between local, regional and national levels in many countries, sometimes even putting local democracy in jeopardy. A debate on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in times of crisis, organised on 17 September 2020 by the...

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Maintaining free and fair elections in major crisis situations

Monitoring Committee 17 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

“Crisis situations like the current Covid-19 pandemic, as well as natural disasters or security threats, have exposed governments in Europe and beyond to considerable challenges in maintaining the normal functioning of democratic institutions, including free and fair periodic elections,” stressed...

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Social rights: The Monitoring Committee adopts a Human Rights Handbook for Local Elected Officials

Monitoring Committee 17 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Congress Follow-up Committee adopted Volume II of the Human Rights Handbook for Local and Regional Authorities on social rights, presented by Harald Bergmann (Netherlands, ILDG) at the online meeting held on 17 September 2020. The aim of this Handbook is to take stock of the efforts of local...

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Consultation of local authorities, an essential condition for the implementation of decentralisation reforms in Ukraine

Monitoring Committee 17 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

"Adherence to the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government is visible in Ukraine through the decentralisation reforms that have been initiated. However, several issues remain of concern and need to be taken into account" said co-rapporteurs Gunn-Marit Helgesen (Norway, PPE/CCE)...

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Monitoring Committee examines the situation of local and regional democracy in Austria

Monitoring Committee 17 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Congress Monitoring Committee adopted, on 17 September 2020, a report on the monitoring of the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Austria, following a monitoring visit carried out in December 2019 by the co-rapporteurs Marc Cools, (Belgium, ILDG) and Andrew...

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Leendert Verbeek: "Despite the pandemic, innovate to continue defending local and regional democracy"

Monitoring Committee 17 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

“The Covid-19 crisis has tested our capacity, as local and regional authorities, to ensure good local governance, deliver services and meet citizens' expectations,” said Leendert Verbeek (Netherlands, SOC / V / DP) Chair of the Monitoring Committee, at the opening of the meeting held online on...

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The Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by member states of the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Monitoring Committee) is responsible for assessing the application of the Charter.

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Stéphanie Poirel
Committee Secretary
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Tel. + 33 3 90 21 51 84