The Congress has signed joint agreements with 13 Ukrainian local authorities on 12 December 2019 to implement local initiatives on ethical, transparent and participatory decision-making; engagement of under-represented groups; and equal opportunities for women and men to participate in local political life.
As stated by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, “the local initiatives are an opportunity for mayors to lead concrete actions to improve the quality of local democracy and promote ethical decision-making and more citizen-oriented, inclusive and transparent governance at local level”.
Mr Kiefer added that “local initiatives will not only bring positive change to Ukrainian citizens and communities, but also complement the efforts of the Congress in the establishment of a reliable and efficient local self-government in Ukraine, in line with the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.”
The local initiatives will be implemented in the framework of the project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine”, implemented by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities within the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018 – 2021. The project aims to improve the quality of local democracy in Ukraine by strengthening institutional frameworks and by supporting local authorities and their national associations in their efforts to promote ethical decision-making and more citizen-oriented, inclusive and transparent local governance.
- Document: Local Initiatives in Ukraine
- Photos of the event below