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Youth action on post-covid recovery strategies at local and regional level

40th Session 17 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

Particularly affected by the health crisis, young Europeans made their voices heard through the active participation of youth delegates throughout the 40th Session of the Congress (15-17 June 2021), marked in particular by the debates on the post-Covid policies in Europe's cities and regions....

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Budapest Mayor Karácsony: “Cities are laboratories of Democracy”

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Participating in the 40th Session on 17 June, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony, emphasized the principles of decentralization and subsidiarity and the importance for central governments to work together with local authorities to preserve democratic values by strengthening and developing local...

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Self-government in Bulgaria: considerable progress in decentralisation, but persisting lack of local financial autonomy

40th Session 17 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

In the monitoring report presented today, the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities welcomes the noteworthy progress Bulgaria has achieved in the application of the European Charter on Local Self-Government. It underlines however several problems that persist in the area...

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The Congress calls on local and regional authorities to promote social cohesion, territorial justice, and intercultural dialogue

40th Session 17 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

The third day of the 40th Session was marked by the adoption of the monitoring reports on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Azerbaijan and Bulgaria. The Congress also adopted a resolution and a recommendation concerning recurring issues regarding the...

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Local self-government in Azerbaijan: few improvements observed, limited powers and weak financial position of municipalities must be urgently addressed

40th Session 17 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

Despite some improvements in the work of municipalities, major concerns remain about a number of factors impairing the development of self-government in Azerbaijan, such as a lack of real powers of municipalities, of a status of state institutions and of own financial resources, says the...

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