A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a second part of the monitoring visit to the Russian Federation from 5 to 7 March 2019. The delegation continue to examine the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 1998.
Two co-rapporteurs on local and regional democracy, in the Russian Federation, Mr Jakob WIENEN, Netherlands (L, EPP/CCE) and Mr Stewart DICKSON, United Kingdom (R, ILDG), focused on the developments in the field of local self-government occurred in Russian Federation since the adoption of the last Congress recommendation, on 28 October 2010.
Meetings were scheduled in Moscow, Kazan and Cheboksary, in particular, with the representatives of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the representatives of some political parties and the members of the association of independent deputies in Moscow. The delegation also met with the representatives at local and regional level in the Republics of Tatarstan and Chuvashia. The rapporteurs had an exchange of views with the Minister of Finance of the Tatarstan Republic, Mr Radik GAYZATULLIN, the Minister of Justice of the Tatarstan Republic, Mr Rustem ZAGIDULIN, the Minister of Finance of the Chuvash Republic, Ms Svetlana ENILINA, the Minister of Justice of the Chuvash Republic, Ms Natalya TIMOFEEVA, as well as with the representatives of the State Councils, the Accounts Chambers and the Constitutional and the Supreme Courts of the two Republics. At local level, the meetings were scheduled with the mayors of Kazan and Cheboksary.
The delegation also held discussions with the members of the Association “Council of the Tatarstan Republic Municipalities” in Kazan.
The draft report and recommendation will be examined and submitted for approval at the Committee on the Honoring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Monitoring Committee) at its next meeting on 3 July 2019 before its submission for adoption by the 37th Congress Session in October 2019.
Russian Federation ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 1998. The countries which have ratified the Charter are bound by its provisions. The Charter requires compliance with a minimum number of rights, which form the European bedrock of local self-government. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities makes sure that these principles are observed.
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Stephanie POIREL, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Secretary to the Monitoring Committee, Phone: +33 (0) 3 90 21 51 84, email: firstname.lastname@example.org