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Congress asks the Committee of Ministers to postpone the renewal of delegations until spring 2021

Bureau Strasbourg, France 28 April 2020
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Congress asks the Committee of Ministers to postpone the renewal of delegations until spring 2021

In the current context of COVID-19, the Bureau of the Congress, on the proposal of the Congress President and the Presidents of the Chambers, decided, by written procedure, to ask the Committee of Ministers to agree to allow member States to submit proposals for the new Congress delegations until 31 December 2020. Thus, the current mandate of Congress members would be extended until the spring session 2021 (currently provisionally scheduled for 23-25 March 2021).

Due to the pandemic, local and regional elections have been postponed in several member States. The extension of the mandate of Congress members would allow member States’ governments to consult with their national associations of local and regional authorities about the composition of the new Congress delegations in a manner that is compatible to the current crisis which concerns all levels of government within the Council of Europe member States.

Elections due in March postponed to the October Session

The Bureau also decided to postpone the elections of the Vice-Presidents of the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to the next session scheduled for 27-29 October 2020. The Bureau instructed the secretariat to investigate a system of electronic voting guaranteeing universal suffrage with the requisite security and confidentiality requirements, in case extraordinary circumstances would not allow meeting in session in Strasbourg.