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Congress Bureau greenlights report on remote election observation procedure concerning Ukraine

Election observation 27 November 2020 Remote meeting

The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted, on 26 November, an information report on the remote observation procedure regarding the local elections held in Ukraine on 25 October 2020. "This report acknowledges the extraordinary circumstances in...

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Ukraine: Young citizens take part in local political life

Co-operation 27 November 2020 Remote meeting

On 26 November 2020, the Congress held a webinar “Youth engagement in political life at local level in Ukraine”, to share experiences and results of youth-related projects in Ukraine and across Europe. It brought together 90 participants, including representatives of 19 Ukrainian municipalities...

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South-Med Partnership: consultation between national governments and local authorities is the basis of all decentralised democratic governance

South-Med Partnership 26 November 2020 Remote meeting

On Tuesday 24 November 2020, the Congress organised a webinar on consultation mechanisms between central, local and regional authorities in the framework of the South-Med Partnership. This online event brought together Congress Vice-President Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE) and Congress...

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Andreas Kiefer addresses the Plenary of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance: “Congress supports German Presidency priorities on human rights, democracy and the environment"

European Committee on Democracy and Governance 26 November 2020 Remote meeting

"Dialogue and cooperation with the institutions of the Council of Europe is essential for the work of the Congress", said the acting Secretary General of the Congress, Andreas Kiefer, on the occasion of the annual meeting of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) of the Council...

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The Congress and the Tunisian High Authority of Local Finance (HIFL) identify future areas of cooperation

South-Med Partnership 25 November 2020 Remote meeting

The President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, Xavier Cadoret (SOC/G/PD, FR) met with the President of the High Instance of Local Finance (HIFL), Amel Elloumi Baouab, on 20 November 2020 during an online exchange dedicated to the development of cooperation between the two...

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Remote meeting of the Congress Bureau

Bureau 25 November 2020 Remote meeting

The Congress Bureau held its remote meeting on 26 November 2020. In particular, members discussed the future priorities of the Congress for the period 2021-2026, the Code of Conduct of Congress members, as well as the agenda of the next Statutory Forum and the event "Covid-19: local and regional...

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Jelena Drenjanin: "The Covid-19 pandemic shows that crisis situations are doubly dangerous for women"

25 November 2020 Strasbourg

"According to WHO estimates, 1 in 3 women in the world has already been exposed to physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. With the health crisis and lockdown implemented in several countries to curb the spread of Covid-19, this violence has followed the progression of the virus," stated...

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Launch of two websites to support Moroccan associations of territorial authorities

South-Med Partnership 23 November 2020 Online

The Association of Moroccan Regions (ARM) and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils (AMPCPP) launched new websites this week. They have been developed with the support of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and within the...

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Morocco and Tunisia: Webinar on the "Consultation of local and regional authorities by central authorities”

South-Med Partnership 23 November 2020 Online meeting

On Tuesday 24 November 2020, the Congress is organising a webinar on consultation mechanisms between central, local and regional authorities. As part of the Congress' South-Med Partnership, this online event will bring Congress members together with representatives of national associations of...

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Morocco: The first "focus group" meeting held to clarify competences of prefectures and provinces

Co-operation 19 November 2020 Online Meeting

The Congress co-organised, with the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils (AMPCPP), the first meeting of the "focus group" on the clarification of the competences of Moroccan prefectures and provinces in the implementation of the country’s advanced...

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Congress and the Federation of Tunisian Municipalities discuss cooperation priorities

South-Med Partnership 19 November 2020 Online

The President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, Xavier Cadoret (SOC/G/PD, FR) met the President of the National Federation of Tunisian Communes (FNCT), Adnen Bouassida, during an online exchange on the priorities of cooperation between the two organisations, held on 17 November...

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A journey towards deliberative democracy in the City of Mostar: Congress engages civil society

Co-operation 18 November 2020 Remote Meeting

On 18 November 2020, the Congress organised an online meeting to introduce the project "Building democratic participation in the City of Mostar” to civil society organisations and media, and to discuss ways in which local stakeholders can be involved in various stages of the deliberative process...

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Frédéric Bierry: "Promoting the competence of local and regional authorities in the field of environmental protection"

World Forum for Democracy 18 November 2020 Online

The President of the Departmental Council of Bas-Rhin and member of Congress, Frédéric Bierry, participated in the launch of the 9th edition of the World Forum for Democracy under the theme: “Can Democracy Save the Environment?” in the presence of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe,...

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Congress supports the priorities of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 18 November 2020 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the handover ceremony of the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from Greece to Germany, the President of the Congress Anders Knape praised the ability of the Greek authorities to successfully implement their priorities despite the difficult...

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Election of two Vice-Presidents of the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Secretary General

18 November 2020 Strasbourg, France

Elections for two vice-presidents of the Chamber of Local Authorities and for the Congress Secretary General, originally scheduled to take place during the March 2020 session and postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, were organised from 17 to 18 November 2020 as electronic elections via a secure...

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Yoomi Renström: "The Congress will continue dialogue with Turkey on the situation of mayors"

Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly 13 November 2020 Online

"The situation of mayors and local elected representatives in Turkey, who continue to be detained and suspended on charges of terrorism-related offences and replaced by State trustees, has long been a matter of serious concern to the Congress," Yoomi Renström (Sweden, SOC/V/DP), Congress...

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Gabrielle Neff: Local and regional authorities in the front line of the fight to protect children from sexual abuse

18 November 2020 Strasbourg

"If we want to put an end to the sexual abuse of children, we must prevent abuse, protect victims, prosecute the perpetrators of violence and also ensure the full participation of children in the entire process", said the chair of the Current Affairs Committee of the Congress, Gabrielle Neff...

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North-South Centre Executive Committee Meeting: "Strengthening solidarity at all levels of government to meet global challenges"

North-South Centre 16 November 2020 Strasbourg

"The pandemic has not only endangered human lives, but also the functioning of democratic societies and institutions. It required an effort of adaptation and innovation from all levels of government to build a more sustainable and inclusive future," said Marc Cools (Belgium, ILDG), member of the...

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Stewart Dickson: Facing the challenges of maintaining free and fair elections in times of crisis

Monitoring Committee 13 November 2020 Strasbourg

"Free and fair local and regional elections in major crisis situations are a challenge that each country takes up in its own way, but for which it is important to exchange and share information" said Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG), Congress Thematic Spokesperson on the observation of...

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Barbara Toce: "Preserving cultural heritage: a tool for cohesion and intercultural dialogue in our societies"

Current Affairs Committee 13 November 2020 Strasbourg

During the plenary session of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) held online on 12 November 2020, Barbara Toce (Italy, SOC/G/PD) presented the report "Cultures without borders: Cultural heritage management for local and regional development". The rapporteur focused...

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