Robert Gruman: “Defending democratic values during the Covid-19 crisis”

Governance Committee Strasbourg, France 15 September 2020
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Robert Gruman: “Defending democratic values during the Covid-19 crisis”

“The Covid-19 crisis has been affecting societies and economies all over the world in a profound and unprecedented manner, causing real financial disarray. It has created arduous working conditions for local and regional authorities and national governments alike,” stated Robert Gruman (Romania, EPP/CCE), Chair of the Governance Committee, at the opening of the meeting, held online on 15 September 2020. “In the face of the worrying developments that have arisen in Europe, we must not let this crisis destroy our democratic values and our free and pluralistic societies,” he added.

The Committee Chair underlined that consultation between all levels of government, a key principle of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, is particularly relevant in this context. He pointed out how some government systems were more resilient and better prepared to such a major crisis than others, and how efficient co-operation between different levels of government resulted in better crisis management.

He mentioned that fostering exchange regarding the practical side of local and regional governance is one of the main tasks of the Congress. That is why collecting practical guidelines on issues like digital council meetings, legal implications of remote decision-making and citizen participation in municipalities and regions is essential in times of pandemic.

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Gouvernance Committee Meeting - 15 September 2020