The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will hold its biannual session. Reports on local democracy in the smallest Council of Europe member States (Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino) will be examined, with the participation of Antoni Martí Petit, Head of Government of the Principality of Andorra; Guerrino Zanotti, Minister of Internal Affairs of San Marino; Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior of the Principality of Monaco; and Silvio Parnis, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities of Malta.
The situation of local democracy in Latvia, local elections in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (15 October 2017) and in Georgia (21 October 2017), as well as the results of the fact-finding mission on the situation of local elected representatives in the Republic of Moldova are also on the agenda. A special debate under the theme “Mayors under pressure” will feature Elena Gritco, member of Balti municipal Council, Republic of Moldova; Patrick Klugman, Deputy Mayor of Paris; and Leyla Imret, Former Mayor of Cizre, Turkey. The promotion of human rights at local and regional level as well as the situation of unaccompanied refugee children and the role of local authorities in this regard will also be discussed.
Guest speakers will include Simon Emil Ammitzbøll-Bille, Minister of the Economy and the Interior of Denmark, on behalf of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, PACE President Michele Nicoletti, Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks and President of the EU Committee of the Regions Karl-Heinz Lambertz.