17 May 2022 14:05:00
Bernd Vöhringer at CEPLI: “Local and regional effort will help build resilient societies in response to today’s crises”Cooperation Strasbourg, France 17 May 2022
War in Ukraine, Covid 19 pandemic, climate change, polarisation of societies – “all these crises...
17 May 2022 11:15:00
Congress Rapporteur urges cities and regions to be safe havens for LGBTI civil society under pressureInternational Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Strasbourg, France 17 May 2022
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), Congress...
16 May 2022 17:38:00
Brandenburg example should be followed: reporting back to local and regional councils and parliaments plays an essential role in highlighting Congress workSecretary General Brandenbourg, Germany 16 May 2022
On 12 May 2022, Heiner Klemp (Germany, SOC/G/DP), member of the Brandenburg Landtag and member of...
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