On 4 to 7 July the Congress is holding a Forum for local democracy in Ukraine gathering together mayors, municipal councillors and young local leaders in Snovjanka, in the Region of Chernihiv. The Forum will focus on two main themes: representative democracy and its challenges and citizen participation. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues such as the representation of women in politics, youth engagement and public trust in elected representatives. They will also exchange good practices for renewing dialogue with citizens through participatory and democratic innovations. The Forum will take place over four days and include interactive plenary sessions, working groups on the main themes and discussion groups. The members of the Ukrainian delegation and members from other European delegations to the Congress, along with international and local experts will contribute to the discussions through case studies, statements and examples of good practices. The Forum was opened on 4 July, by the President of the Congress, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, who will also take part, on 5 July 2017, in a working group on the representation of women in politics.