28 September 2020 - Meeting of the Bureau
The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities held a remote meeting on 28 September 2020. Among the topics discussed were the agenda of the Statutory Forum, which was held remotely on the same day, as well as the agenda of the 39th Session of the Congress. The members of the Bureau decided to cancel the Session due to the impossibility to meet the technical requirements for remote connection and voting.
The situation of local democracy in Turkey was also on the agenda, in particular concerning the replacement of elected candidates by government administrators, as well as the detention of local elected representatives in south-eastern Turkey.
The Bureau also examined the request by the Federation of Local Authorities of Israel to obtain guest observer status with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.
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At its meeting on 28 September 2020, the Congress Bureau decided to cancel the 39th Session which was due to be held from 26 to 27 October 2020. This decision follows a proposal by Congress President Anders Knape and the Presidents of the Chamber of Regions and the Chamber of Local Authorities,...
The Federation of Local Authorities in Israel was granted the status of guest observer to the Congress at the Bureau meeting on 28 September 2020. This status is granted for a period of five years renewable, on an ad hoc basis, to associations representing local and/or regional authorities from...
The Bureau of the Congress is composed of the two Chamber bureaux plus the President of the Congress. The Chamber Bureaux are each composed of their President and their seven Vice-Presidents.