28 to 30 March 2017 - Strasbourg, France
In her communication at the opening of the 32nd Session of the Congress of local and regional authorities, President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström recalled that “local and regional authorities are responsible for carrying out a considerable share of public action in their States”. She expressed concern upon the situation in member States and in particular the situation of local and regional democracy and underlined that “the Europe of democracy and the Europe of values are in danger”. “When I see elected mayors arrested and replaced by civil servants, when I see powers transferred to central governments, when the wind of recentralisation blows, I feel that the great ambition that is ours is undermined” she said, adding that there was no inescapable fate in these trends. She invited local and regional elected representatives and the Congress to mobilise against any form of retreat of local government. “We must invest ourselves in order to convince our capitals that the crises we are going through can be overcome by collective, concerted and concrete action to which we, elected representatives and the Congress, can and must contribute,” she concluded, stressing that progress towards local and regional self-government will represent an important contribution to the democratic stability of the continent.
Communication by the President of the Chamber of local authorities
Anders Knape : "Political dialogue is an essential part of the work of the Chamber of Local Authorities"
Communication by the President of the Chamber of regions
Gunn Marit Helgesen: "Regional self-government is a way to enhance democracy"
- The Congress presents a recommendation on the local elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Anders Knape: 'Political dialogue is an essential part of the work of the Chamber of Local Authorities'
- Gunn Marit Helgesen: 'Regional self-government is a way to enhance democracy'
- Council of Europe’s Congress adopts report on the situation of mayors in Turkey
- Moldova: Congress examines an information report on elections in the Popular Assembly of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia
- Local Democracy in Iceland
- Local democracy in Malta
- Local democracy in Estonia
- New Congress‘ Checklist to prevent misuse of administrative resources during elections
- Strengthening local government through direct applicability of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in domestic legal systems
- Local and regional democracy in Finland
- 32nd Session of the Congress focused on migration, citizen participation and local and regional democracy in Europe
- Mihhail Korb, Minister of Public Administration of Estonia
- Jón Gunnarsson, Minister of Transport and Local Government, Iceland
- Eduardo Cabrita,Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister of Portugal
- Jari Partanen, State Secretary for the Ministry of Local Government and Public Reforms of Finland
- Stefan Buontempo, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government of Malt
- Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
- Debate in the Chamber of Local Authorities: “The reception of unaccompanied minor child migrants in European cities”
- South-Mediterranean Partnership: the Congress receives delegations from Morocco and Tunisia during the 32nd Session
- Migration: Congress adopts report on the role of local authorities in reception and integration
- Management of migration flows now an ongoing feature on the political agenda of European border regions
- Declaration against anti-Gypsyism: the Congress calls on local and regional authorities to take a stand
- Manuela Bora: 'Open data strengthens local democracy and promotes good governance'
- Participation of youth delegates in the 32nd Congress session
- 10th anniversary of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW)
- Youth participation central to the debate on the quality of democratic participation at regional level
- Promoting young people’s transition to autonomy and working life through local and regional policies
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