The Governance Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities held a remote meeting on 15 September 2020. The Committee members held a debate on the challenges for multi-level governance in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. They also examined reports for adoption on the development of urban-rural interplay and on the status of capital cities, and discussed draft reports on home sharing platforms and territorial solidarity.

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

Governance Committee 15 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

“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,...

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Recentralisation is not a “miracle cure for the Covid pandemic”, Congress expert says

Governance Committee 15 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

During his presentation on "The Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges for multi-level governance," Professor Francesco Palermo, constitutional adviser to the Congress, addressed how the pandemic has resulted in an urgent "recentralisation" of multi-level governance structures for many European...

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Transforming urban-rural divide into territorial co-operation

Governance Committee 15 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Congress Governance Committee adopted a report prepared by co-rapporteurs Wilma Delissen Van Tongerlo (Netherlands, ILDG) and Matija Kovac (Serbia, EPP/CCE) on the development of urban-rural interplay, on 15 September 2020 during an online meeting. “The increasing divide between urban and...

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Status of capital cities: strong legal safeguards in line with the European Charter of Local Self-Government

Governance Committee 15 September 2020 Strasbourg, France

"Capital cities are often the demographic, cultural, economic and political center of countries with consequences that can be both positive and negative for their autonomy," said rapporteur Amelie Tarschys-Ingre (Sweden, ILDG), during the adoption of the report on the "Status of Capital Cities"...

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The Governance Committee is responsible for legal and political issues relating to the effective development of good governance and democracy at local and regional levels. Its work focuses on promoting the implementation and development of the Council of Europe's legal instruments and recommendations in the field of local and regional democracy.

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