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Leendert Verbeek: “Cities and regions build a democracy of proximity”

On the International Day of Democracy on 15 September 2021, Congress President Leendert Verbeek desired to draw attention to the situation of local and regional democracy. In his words, this “democracy of proximity” – the first level of democracy – enables citizens to most quickly “witness their...

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Preventing and combatting sexism at local level in Georgia – Congress launches a practical guide

Co-operation 14 September 2021 Online, Georgia

Referring to the campaign for local elections to be held in Georgia on 2 October 2021, Jelena Drenjanin, Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Gender Equality (Sweden, EPP/CCE) welcomed the launch of the Congress Guide to prevent and combat sexism at local level. “The guide comes at a particularly...

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Congress concludes electoral observation mission in Morocco

Observation of elections 9 September 2021 Rabat, Morocco

Today, a 9-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concluded a mission in Morocco to observe the regional and municipal elections which were held on 8 September, concurrently with the elections for the House of Representatives. The on-site...

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Congress observed regional and municipal elections in Morocco

Observation of elections 2 September 2021 Morocco

A Congress delegation carried out an electoral assessment mission from 7 to 9 September to the Kingdom of Morocco. The country was granted the status “Partner for Local Democracy” by the Congress in 2019. The Congress was invited by the authorities of Morocco to observe regional and municipal...

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International Youth Day: “Young people must have a say, from the local to the international level”, says Thomas Andersson

Current Affairs Committee 12 August 2021 Strasbourg, France

"We need to recognise young people as full citizens who have valuable insights and ideas on how to plan for the future. Their participation at all levels makes our societies more inclusive and resilient," said Congress Rapporteur on Youth Thomas Andersson (Sweden, ILDG) on International Youth...

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Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: “Systematic marginalisation of Roma needs to be tackled, starting at the local level”

2 August 2021 Strasbourg, France

“More than seven decades after the Nazi extermination of thousands of Roma, 2 August needs to be a reminder that discrimination against Roma and Travellers is far from over and anti-Gypsyism must be fought at all levels”, said John Warmisham, Congress Rapporteur on Roma, on the annual Roma...

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Local Democracy and Open Government: dialogue for sustainable partnerships in Ukraine

Co-operation 27 July 2021 Odessa, Ukraine

27 July 2021, Odessa - “Ukraine is undergoing the final stage of the local self-government, administrative and territorial reform. Inclusive and transparent consultation with local authorities and their national associations is key to succeed”, highlighted Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the...

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Bernd Vöhringer: “The Citizens’ Assembly will complement representative democracy to bring change to the City of Mostar”

Co-operation 10 July 2021 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“The Assembly will enable citizens in Mostar to engage in deliberations and dialogue with local authorities, in a new way that complements representative democracy and citizen participation,”, stated Bernd Vöhringer President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, at the inaugural...

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Digital exhibition "Together in the distance: Building new solidarity in a changing world"

Co-operation 12 July 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe, launched a joint campaign entitled "Together in distance: Building new solidarity in a changing world" on 25 March 2021. People from...

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“Localising the Sustainable Development Goals is key to achieving the 2030 Agenda”, says Congress President at HLPF

Current Affairs Committee 8 July 2021 New York, remotely

“If we want to work towards a sustainable future, we need to give cities, towns and regions the authority to act, the skills to implement and the voice to share their experience,” stated Congress President Leendert Verbeek, on 8 July 2021 at the United Nation’s High-Level Political Forum on...

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Council of Europe Congress co-organised the First Citizens' Assembly in Mostar to promote deliberative democracy

Co-operation 8 July 2021 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, jointly with the City of Mostar, organised a Citizens’ Assembly, which was inaugurated on 10 July 2021, as part of the first deliberative process of this kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the South East of Europe. The...

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Congress President to participate in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Current Affairs Committee 2 July 2021 New York

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Leendert Verbeek, took part in the United Nation’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). On 8 July, between 18:15 and 19:15 CETS, Mr Verbeek spoke at the session “Going Local”, focusing on how local...

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Thomas Andersson: "Experience from Swedish regions shows that syringe exchange services reduce harm from addiction"

Current affairs committee 1 July 2021 Strasbourg, France

"Today 17 of 21 Swedish regions offer syringe exchange services, and Sweden is exploring trials for health centres with a drug consumption room at the regional level," said Thomas Andersson (Sweden, ILDG), Chair of the Congress Current Affairs Committee and chair of the Regional Council of...

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Carla Dejonghe: "Women's participation in political life is a necessity for democracy"

South-Med Partnership 29 June 2021 Morocco, Tunisia and Europe, Remotely

"Gender equality is an essential condition for any democratic, just and peaceful society" said Carla Dejonghe (Belgium, ILDG), Rapporteur on the South-Med Partnership of the Congress, speaking at the opening of the webinar on "Women's participation in political life at the territorial level -...

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Leendert Verbeek: “The European political architecture must involve the regions more in decision-making processes and mechanisms"

Co-operation 29 June 2021 remotely

“The region has a unique position as a bridge between European and national policy making and the implementation of these policies in local communities to make sure that their effects reach the end user – the citizen,” stressed Congress President Leendert Verbeek on 29 June 2021, during a debate...

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Armenian communities focus on integrity, transparency and accountability in public administration

Co-operation 24 and 25 June 2021 Armenia

Public integrity and ethical governance at local level in Armenia will be the focus of a series of four online thematic leadership workshops organised by the Congress between June and September 2021 for the members of Community of practice on public integrity and ethics in local governance in...

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Belinda Gottardi: “It is at the local level that climate action and youth engagement truly come together”

World Forum for Democracy: Forum Talk 25 June 2021 Council of Europe, remotely

“Environmental protection is part of good governance and action taken by cities and regions is crucial if we want a livable future” underlined Belinda Gottardi, Congress member and Mayor of Castel Maggiore (Italy, SOC/G/PD) at the World Forum for Democracy on 25 June 2021, on a Forum Talk...

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Leendert Verbeek: “Trust between the citizens and their elected representatives is more necessary than ever to rethink our societies in the aftermath of the health crisis”

Co-operation 25 June 2021 Remote meeting

Addressing the online General Assembly of ALDA (European Association on Local Democracy) on 25 June 2021, Congress President Leendert Verbeek stressed the negative impact of the COVID 19 health crisis on citizens’ participation in political life and their decreasing interest in elections, which...

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Decentralisation in Morocco: Peer exchange on decentralised governance at three levels

South-Med Partnership 24 June 2021 Morocco

Members of Moroccan associations of territorial authorities had an exchange of views with Congress members on decentralisation in Morocco and in Europe on 23 June. Discussing the questions formulated by the Moroccan Partner for Local Democracy Delegation to the Congress, they shared their...

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Mostar city councillors engage in peer-to-peer exchange with Congress members

Co-operation 18 June 2021 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 11 and 18 June 2021, Mostar local councillors engaged in a fruitful exchange with European peers within a two-part online workshop “Being a City Councillor in Mostar”. They shared their positive experience after six months of mandate, and discussed the role of the city councillors, the use of...

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