Death of Charles Ricq

10 August 2018 Strasbourg, France

"The Congress has just learned with great sadness about the death of Charles Ricq on July 30. Mr Ricq has often been consulted by Congress as an expert on regionalisation and cross-border cooperation. We will remember him as a committed European" said Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer in...

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Congress commemorates the victims of the Roma Holocaust on European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (2nd August)

2 August 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities participated in the commemoration ceremony held for the victims of the Roma Holocaust in the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg today, represented by Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer and Tobias Mayr for the European Alliance of...

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On European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (2 August), Council of Europe’s Congress invites Mayors around Europe to sign the Declaration against anti-Gypsyism

2 August 2018 Strasbourg, France

“We need to remember the brutal horrors that Roma and Travellers suffered from during the Nazi rule”, Congress Spokesperson on Roma and Traveller Issues John Warmisham stated. “In particular today, when attacks on Roma are once again on the rise, we must not turn a blind eye to what has...

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Piero FASSINO: Combat every type of discrimination to Roma

2 August 2018 Strasbourg, France

“We must not forget the Holocaust of the Roma and we have to transmit to the new generations its memory, about hundreds of thousands innocents victims; a concrete aim to counter. Today the racism intolerance and vindictive impulse, transforms this existing situation in Europe more serious”,...

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Congress President meets with Union of Municipalities of Montenegro

Presidency 24-25 July 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

During the official visit to Montenegro on 24 and 25 July 2018, the President of the Congress, Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, and the Secretary General, Andreas KIEFER, held an exchange of views with the Vice-President and the Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro, Zoran...

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Official visit of the President of the Congress to Montenegro

Presidency 24-25 July 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

The President of the Congress, Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, accompanied by the Secretary General, Andreas KIEFER, paid an official visit to Montenegro on 24 and 25 July 2018. They met the Minister for Public Administration, Suzana PRIBILOVIĆ, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zoran...

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Ukrainian cities take steps towards open local government

20 July 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

"It is of utmost importance to involve our community members in discussions and agree jointly on local actions”, stated Serhiy Nadal, Mayor of Ternopil, Ukraine, following his participation in the 5th Open Government Partnership Global Summit held on 18-19 July 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He...

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Open government goes local

20 July 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

During the panel discussion on “Open government going local: why is this a turning point?” at the 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit, Vladimir PREBILIČ (Slovenia, SOC), emphasised that “open government cannot be achieved without a bottom-up approach and that there will be no success if...

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Georgian and Ukrainian mayors take action for open governance at local level

17 July 2018 Georgia

What measures can local authorities take to qualify as “open governments” and increase the citizens’ trust in local institutions and elected representatives? Building on the work of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities work on open government, transparency and citizen participation,...

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Chernivtsi, Ukraine - A champion for innovative approaches to open local government

16 July 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

Ukrainian and Slovenian examples of good practice were chosen to be presented during the ‘Local Open Government Innovation Exchange’ event organised within the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Local Programme on the eve of the 5th OGP Summit, in Tbilisi, Georgia on Monday 16 July. The aim of...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals requires good local governance and democratic institutions supporting it”

presidency 16 July 2018 New York, United States

“Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a shared responsibility of all levels of government: national, regional and local,” stated Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM at the Local and Regional Governments Forum held in New York on 16 July 2018 on the occasion of the High-Level...

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Congress to participate in the 5th Open Government Partnership Summit

13 July 2018 Strasbourg

Members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will participate in the 5th Open Government Partnership Global (OGP) Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018, jointly with ten Ukrainian mayors and representatives from more than 70 countries. The Summit provides a unique...

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Serbia ratifies the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

29 June 2018 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress, Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, welcomes Serbia’s ratification of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority, on 29 June 2018, which will enter into force in Serbia on 1 October...

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Andreas KIEFER: ‘’Institutional partnerships for advancing local and regional democracy across Europe take on a particular importance today”

29 June 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

“We have very fruitful relations of partnership with the NALAG’s leadership and have been discussing proposals for new co-operation activities’’ stated Congress General Secretary Andreas Kiefer, at a Workshop organised by the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia NALAG, held on 29...

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Declaration on the invalidation of the elections in Chisinau

Monitoring 28 June 2018 Büyükçekmece, Turkey

The members of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, meeting in Büyükçekmece (Turkey), on 28 June 2018 adopted a Declaration following the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chisinau. “The decision of the Supreme Court to uphold...

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Leen VERBEEK : “ There is a growing need in Europe for monitoring activities”

Monitoring 28 June 2018 Büyükçekmece, Turkey

“Over the last two years, the Congress Monitoring Committee has delivered a total of 29 reports - 21 monitoring reports on the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and 8 election observation reports - to which we should add the 3 monitoring reports and 2 election...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: “We need a truly functional co-operation network in Europe”

28 June 2018 Brussels

“CALRE and the Congress share a long-standing relationship of co-operation and share many areas of interest” stated Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, speaking at the Standing Committee of the Conference of Regional Legislative Assemblies of Europe (CALRE), held in Brussels, on 28 June...

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Monitoring Committee meets in Büyükçekmece, Turkey

Monitoring 22 June 2018 Büyükçekmece, Turkey

The Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will meet in Büyükçekmece, Turkey, on 28 June 2018. The Mayor of Büyükçekmece, Hasan AKGÜN, will address the members of the committee before the meeting which will be opened by Leendert VERBEEK (Netherlands, SOC), Chair....

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Congress Reflection Group calls for a compromise between political stakeholders to hold local elections in Mostar as early as possible

26 June 2018 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Following a two-day visit to Sarajevo and Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, members of a Congress delegation from the "Reflection Group on Mostar" called for a compromise between all political stakeholders to hold local elections in Mostar as early as possible, but at the latest in 2020. Since 10...

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Meeting with the Prime Minister of Croatia: “The Congress welcomes the Croatian Chairmanship priorities”

26 June 2018 Strasbourg

During a bilateral meeting with Andrej PLENKOVIĆ, Prime Minister of Croatia today in Strasbourg, Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM underlined the Congress’ commitment to contribute to the implementation of the priorities of the Croatian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The...

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High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina considers the holding of local elections as a matter of urgency for the city of Mostar

Elections 25 June 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

At a meeting with a delegation from the Congress "Reflection Group on Mostar" held on 25 June in Sarajevo, Valentin INZKO, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), underlined that it was crucial to get out of the deadlock in the city of Mostar where no elections have been held...

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Congress delegation meets with Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elections 25 June 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On Monday, 25 June 2018, a delegation from the Congress' ‟Reflection Group on Mostar” met in Sarajevo with the President of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Irena HADZIABDIC, and her team to discuss the situation of the country several months prior to the...

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Congress President expresses concern after the invalidation of the elections in Chisinau

Presidency 22 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

In reaction to the decision by the Chisinau Appeals Court, to uphold the non-validation of the mayoral elections recently held in the capital city of the Republic of Moldova, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, expressed serious concern about...

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“Reflection Group on Mostar”: Round-table and high level meetings in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elections 21 June 2018 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A delegation of the ‟Reflection Group on Mostar” carried out a visit to Sarajevo and Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 25 to 26 June 2018. This Group was put in place by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe to contribute to a sustainable solution for...

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Lanzarote Committee Meeting: “Local and regional authorities have a key role in protecting unaccompanied refugee children”, says Johan van den HOUT

21 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

« Local and regional governments are on the frontline of migrants’ reception, in particular unaccompanied refugee children,” stated Johan van den HOUT (Netherlands, SOC), Congress Spokesperson on Children, addressing the Lanzarote Committee on 21 June 2018, in Strasbourg. “With their families or...

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John WARMISHAM: "The integration of young Roma involves their political participation"

20 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

Addressing the participants of the “5th Dialogue with the Roma and Traveller Civil Society”, in Strasbourg, on 20 June 2018, Congress Spokesperson on Roma and Traveller Issues, John WARMISHAM (United Kingdom, SOC), presented an overview of the situation of Roma in Europe and, in particular, of...

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John WARMISHAM: “As local and regional authorities, it is our duty to publicly condemn discrimination against Roma”

Current Affairs 19 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

“National Roma networks set up in Council of Europe member States and supported by the Congress function as discussion platforms in which mayors can meet regularly to exchange views and good practice models,” explained John WARMISHAM (United Kingdom, SOC), Congress Spokesperson on Roma and...

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Eirini DOUROU: “Faced with the migration phenomenon, responsibility sharing and solidarity are requirements”

Current Affairs 19 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

“According to recent figures provided by the UNHCR, the number of persons arriving in Greece by sea rose by 33 % in the first three months of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017. Similarly, in Spain the arrivals by sea have doubled between 2016 and 2017,” warned Eirini DOUROU (Greece,...

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Submission call for the Emperor Maximilian Prize

19 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Emperor Maximilian Prize is awarded by the State of Tyrol and the City of Innsbruck to recognise extraordinary projects by individuals, institutions or organisations that generate added value at regional and/or municipal level in Europe. The Prize is awarded every two years and in 2019, the...

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The Congress Bureau approves Morocco’s request to accede to Partner for local democracy status

Bureau 18 June 2018 Strasbourg

Meeting in Strasbourg, France, the Bureau of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities approved, on 18 June 2018, the request for granting of Partner for local democracy status to the Kingdom of Morocco. Established by the Congress in 2014, this status is part of the...

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Congress Bureau meets in Strasbourg

Bureau of the Congress 15 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Congress Bureau met in Strasbourg, France, on 18 June 2018. It considered, in particular, the agenda for the 35th session of the Congress, to be held from 6 to 8 November 2018 on the theme ‟The integrity and ethical behaviour of local and regional elected representatives”. In this context,...

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Meeting of the Congress Current Affairs Committee

Current Affairs 14 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Congress Current Affairs Committee met on 19 June 2018 in Strasbourg, France. Items on the agenda of the meeting, which was opened by Nawel Rafik-Elmrini (France, SOC), included a report on ‟Border regions facing migration phenomena”. This report, prepared by Eirini Dourou (Greece, SOC), will...

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Congress Director meets new Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Development

12 June 2018 Yerevan, Armenia

On 12 June, on the occasion of the meeting of the Steering Committee on the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia, Congress Director Jean-Philippe Bozouls met Suren PAPIKYAN, the new Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia in Yerevan. The Director referred to...

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Congress President at CEMR Conference: “We need more equality, diversity and cohesion to face the current challenges”

Presidency 11 June 2018 Bilbao, Spain

At the opening session of the Conference of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on equality, diversity and inclusion, in Bilbao, Spain, on 11 June 2018 the President of the Congress Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRSNTRÖM underlined that the serious challenges Europe is currently facing -...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Republic of Moldova

Monitoring visit 8 June 2018 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a monitoring visit to the Republic of Moldova from 13th to 15th June 2018. The delegation examined the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European...

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Use of languages at local and regional levels: promoting a practical approach to meet with citizens expectations

Governance 31 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

The Congress organised a Conference on the use of languages by local and regional authorities, in Covasna County, Romania, on 31 May 2018. This conference is the first step in the preparation of a report on this issue to be presented for adoption by Congress members in 2019. “We must have a...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to Poland

31 May 2018 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Congress carried out a monitoring visit to Poland from 5 to 7 June 2018. The delegation examined 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 1993. Rapporteurs on...

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Andrew DAWSON : “The increasing language diversity is a key challenge for local authorities”

Governance 31 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

“Britain is becoming a very diverse society and, as a result, we are hearing more and more languages spoken on our streets. This increasing language diversity poses many challenges to local authorities,” said Andrew DAWSON (United Kingdom, ECR), Congress member, at the opening of the Conference...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM : “Languages are an essential tool for democratic participation”

Governance 31 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

« The use of languages is an issue that comes up frequently in the work of the Congress, in particular, during our monitoring of the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government,” stated Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, Congress President, at the opening of the Conference on “The use...

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Conference on "The use of languages by local and regional authorities"

Governance 29 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

To mark the 20th anniversary of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and as part of the preparation of a report on “The use of languages by local and regional authorities”, the Council of Europe Congress held a conference on this theme at the Grand Hotel Bálványos Conference...

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The full implementation of the Charter, a guarantee for adequate financial resources

Governance 30 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

Anthony BUCHANAN (United Kingdom) presented the report on “Coping with the debt burden”, on behalf of Heather McVEY (United Kingdom, SOC), to the members of the Governance Committee, in Covasna County, Romania, on 30 May 2018. “The right of local authorities to adequate financial resources of...

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Conflicts of interest at local and regional levels

Governance 30 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

“Corruption contributes to the deterioration of democratic values and constitutes a threat to the good governance and functioning of the state. Conflicts of interest is one of its most common forms and encompasses a broad range of issues, such as recruitment, the acceptance of gifts, or...

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Transparency and open local government

Governance 30 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

A draft report on Transparency and Open local government was presented by Antje GROTHEER (Germany, SOC), on behalf of Congress Rapporteur Andreas GALSTER, at the Governance Committee which met in Covasna County, Romania, on 30 May 2018. “Three key conditions are required for a government to be...

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Ethical behaviour: a new European Code of Conduct for all persons involved in local and regional governance

Governance 30 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

“New forms of governance, citizen expectations of ethical behaviour, and rapid advancements in communication technologies are creating new ethical challenges for local and regional governance,” stated Robert SAUNDERS who presented the draft revised “European Code of Conduct for all persons...

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Anders KNAPE : “A legal framework and a formal institutional setting are essential to guarantee the consultation of local authorities by higher levels of government”

Governance 30 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

Anders KNAPE (Sweden, EPP/CCE), Congress Rapporteur, presented the draft “Guidelines on the right of local authorities to be consulted” at the Governance Committee Meeting held in the Region of Covasna, Romania, on 30 May 2018. “Consultation of local authorities by higher levels of government, on...

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Congress Governance Committee meets in Covasna region

Governance 30 May 2018 Covasna Region, Romania

The Governance Committee of the Congress met on 30 May 2018, at the Bálványos Conference Center, in the Covasna region of Romania. On the agenda were a number of reports for adoption at the November 2018 session. Several of these are part of the Roadmap for Preventing Corruption and Promoting...

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Marc Cools: We need to restore the social contract between the government and citizens

29 May 2018 Brussels

How to bridge the democratic gap engendered by the lack of citizens' trust in politicians and their feeling of exclusion from political decision-making? This is the issue debated on by the Bureau of the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) of the...

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Vladimir Prebilič: ‘’Cross-Border initiatives are an excellent tool to promote dialogue and cooperation’’

25 May 2018 Dubrovnik, Croatia

On the occasion of the International Conference ‘’Cross-Border in Europe: Decentralisation, legal frameworks, and practice’’ in Dubrovnik, on 25 May 2018, Vladimir PREBILIČ (Slovenia, SOC), Mayor of Kocevje, Congress member, participated in the panel ‘’Cross-Border Cooperation in the Context of...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: “We must put the citizen at the heart of our action and at the heart of our cities”

Presidency 25 May 2018 Strasbourg, France

“As we discuss contribution of the local action to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the motto “Think globally – act locally” rings ever more true,” stated Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, Congress President, addressing the participants to the discussion on the “High-Level Dialogue: Linking...

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John WARMISHAM at CAHROM: ‘’If Roma have a political voice, they can stand up for their rights and fight anti-Gypsyism’’

24 May 2018 Athens, Greece

‘’The Congress sees the political participation of Roma as one of the key conditions to their inclusion.’’ stated John WARMISHAM, (UNITED KINGDOM, SOC) Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Roma and Travellers, at the 15th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues...

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Gunn Marit Helgesen: “We need a more inclusive Europe and more direct co-operation between regional communities”

23 May 2018 Lillehammer, Norway

“The Congress and the Assembly of European Regions (AER), its statutory partner, share a long history of close cooperation, and there is a great potential for synergies in our action,” stated Gunn Marit Helgesen, President of the Congress’ Chamber of Regions, addressing the AER General Assembly...

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John Warmisham: “National networks contribute to better coordinate activities for Roma inclusion.”

22 May 2018 Athens, Greece

On the occasion of the 15th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM), held in Athens, Greece, from 22 – 25 May 2018, the Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Roma and Travellers, John WARMISHAM (UNITED KINGDOM, SOC), underlined the importance of setting-up...

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Congress delegation on the 20 May early local elections in the Republic of Moldova

21 May 2018 Chisinau

On 21 May 2018, a delegation from the Congress headed by Regional Chamber President Gunn-Marit HELGESEN, Norway (EPP/CCE), concluded its Electoral Assessment Mission regarding the early local elections held in the Republic of Moldova on Sunday. The eight member delegation deployed three observer...

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128th Session of the Committee of Ministers: "Good democratic governance is not possible without local and regional authorities", says the President of the Congress

18 May 2018 Helsingør, Denmark

Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM addressed the Foreign Ministers of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe meeting in Elsinore (Denmark) on 18 May 2018, on the occasion of the 128th Session of the Committee of Ministers. She referred to the close dialogue that the Congress has...

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Early Local elections in Chisinau and Balti: Congress carries out an Electoral Assessment Mission to the Republic of Moldova

16 May 2018 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress will carry out an Electoral Assessment Mission to the Republic of Moldova from 17 to 22 May 2018, in view of the 20 May 2018 new local elections scheduled in seven Municipalities, including the capital City of Chisinau and in Balti. Headed by Gunn Marit HELGESEN...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: “Local and Regional authorities are the other dimension of democracy in our member states”

11 May 2018 Nafplion, Greece

“Over the last years, crises started to affect some of our member states – the economic and financial crisis, the migrant situation, as well as the rise of violent extremism and radicalisation,” Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM stated addressing the Conference on “Safeguarding...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: “To achieve sustainable development, supportive and participatory regional democracy should be our priority”

11 May 2018 Loutraki (Greece)

“Regions should be our strategic partners, the key to the development of our societies, for our social, economic and cultural future” stated Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, addressing The Economist conference “Governance and regional arteries for growth: Europe’s momentum – Greece’s impetus”, held in...

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Statement by the President following the election of Nikol PASHINYAN as Prime Minister of Armenia

11 May 2018 Strasbourg

“On behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, I would like to express my congratulations to Nikol PASHINYAN on his election as Prime Minister of Armenia. I hope that the process of reforms of the new government will be focused on ensuring sustainable...

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Andreas KIEFER at the International Muslim Communities Congress: “Local authorities hold the key to successful integration”

9 May 2018 Abu Dhabi

“Political leaders – national and local governments – and religious leaders as well as civil society and academia need to encourage and practice mutual understanding, dialogue and participation of citizens of all religious backgrounds” stated Andreas KIEFER, Secretary General of the Congress, at...

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Thomas Andersson: “Engaging young people at local level: a key factor for building more inclusive societies”

10-11 May 2018 Tunis

“The active participation of young citizens in local politics and the recognition of their engagement are crucial elements in the construction of truly inclusive societies,” declared Thomas Andersson (Sweden, ILDG), speaking at the Seminar on "Strengthening the quadrilogue approach in...

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Tunisia: Municipal elections successfully accomplished despite difficult framework conditions, decentralisation needs to take shape now, concludes Congress delegation

Electoral assessment mission 7 May 2018 Tunis

A delegation from the Congress, composed of seven observers from five European countries, has concluded its ad-hoc mission to assess the first local elections after the Arab Spring of 2011, held on Sunday in 350 Tunisian municipalities. Three teams of the Congress followed the voting process in...

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Piero Fassino: “The municipal elections in Tunisia represent an important milestone in the stabilisation of democracy”

Elections 7 May 2018 Tunis, Tunisia

“The municipal elections held on 6 May in Tunisia, the first since the end of the Ben Alí regime, represent an important milestone in the stabilisation of democracy. Participation in the vote of 33% of citizens, although not high, can be considered a first significant step in the construction of...

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Carla DEJONGHE at the ALDA General Assembly: “It is crucial to be aware of the importance of local governance at the European level”

4 May 2018 Brussels, Belgium

“Local authorities across Europe suffer from insufficient competences and financing to do their job for citizens as well as a lack of consultations with national authorities” stated Carla DEJONGHE (Belgium, ILDG), Congress member and Deputy of the Brussels-Capital Regional Parliament, at the...

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Martin FODOR: “We need to ensure the citizens remain at the heart of the smart cities”

3 May 2018 Budapest, Hungary

“We have to raise awareness about the benefits of the smart city technologies, and also promote the use of open and democratised data”, stressed Congress member Martin FODOR (United Kingdom, ILDG) addressing the CEE e|Dem and e|Gov Days 2018, organised by the Austrian Computer Society in Budapest...

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Carla DEJONGHE: "We must keep the European community focused on the situation in Mostar"

3 May 2018 Brussels, Belgium

“Mostar, whose popoulation of more than 100 000 citizens is deprived of the right to choose their representatives at the local level, is not administered according to the fundamental principles of local democracy", stressed Congress member Carla DEJONGHE (Belgium, ILDG) at the meeting of the...

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Municipal elections in Tunisia: Congress carried out electoral assessment mission

Electoral assessment mission 3 May 2018 Tunisia

For the first time since the Arab Spring in 2011, municipal elections were held in Tunisia on 6 May 2018. Over 5 million Tunisians were called on to elect the members of the municipal councils in the 350 municipalities of the country. On that occasion, a delegation from the Congress carried out...

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Conference to launch the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023

Current Affairs 27 April 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark

The Congress will be represented by Gunn-Marit HELGESEN (Norway, EPP / CCE), President of the Chamber of Regions and Regional Councilor of Telemark County, at the international conference "Gender equality: paving the way", in Copenhagen, Denmark, 3-4 May 2018. Organised in the framework of the...

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Council of the Republic of Belarus and Congress: a joint round table on the European Charter of Local Self-Government

26 April 2018 Minsk (Republic of Belarus)

On the occasion of a meeting at the Palace of the Council of the Republic in Minsk, Belarus, the Director of the Congress of the Council of Europe, Jean Philippe BOZOULS held an exchange of views with the President of the Council of the Republic, Mikhail MIASNIKOVICH, on 25 April 2018. They...

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Bilateral meeting of Congress President and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): The role of Local Authorities is essential to ensure appropriate conditions of living to IDPs

25 April 2018 Strasbourg

During a bilateral meeting with Cecilia JIMENEZ-DAMARY, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM underlined the commitment of the Congress in addressing human rights issues of IDPs. She informed the Special...

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Andrew DAWSON : "We must communicate in a language that enables citizens to participate fully and deeply in local democracy"

Governance 25 April 2018 Strasbourg, France

“If a local authority wants truly to meet the needs of its citizens, it must communicate in a language which is readily understood and enables the citizen to participate fully and deeply in local democracy,” stated Andrew DAWSON (United Kingdom, CRE-ECR), member of the Congress Chamber of...

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Rena DOUROU in the Conference on Migration and Asylum: “Over the past 20 years, the Congress has sought to address the refugee/migrant phenomenon through the lens of local democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights”

23 April 2018 Brussels

“The refugee/migrant phenomenon represents for us, Regional Governors and Mayors, a twofold challenge: on the one hand, we are providing essential services while respecting the dignity of people who arrive in our cities and regions; on the other hand, we do so while addressing two shortcomings:...

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Communication of Andreas Kiefer to the Committee of Ministers: Focus on recent activities and the forthcoming reform of the Congress

18 April 2018 Strasbourg, France

In his communication to the Committee of Ministers on 18 April 2018, the Secretary General of the Congress Andreas Kiefer presented the recent activities of the Congress in particular the plenary session in March 2018 as well as the initiative taken by the Congress to reform its structures and...

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World Forum for Democracy 2018: Call for initiatives

Deadline: 15 May Strasbourg

The 7th edition of the World Forum for Democracy, to take place in Strasbourg on 19-21 November 2018, will be dedicated to women’s role in public and economic life. The labs will focus on why and in what way women have different roles, different influence and different levels of participation...

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Breda PEČAN at NALAS General Assembly: “Our common mission is to respond to challenges faced by local communities“

Co-operation 18 April 2018 Brdo (Slovenia)

“Associations of local and regional authorities have always been the Congress’ key interlocutors in member states, and NALAS was created to represent and defend their interests in South-East Europe”, stressed Congress Vice-President Breda PEČAN (Slovenia, SOC) addressing the General Assembly of...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to Georgia

Monitoring 16 April 2018 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Congress will carry out a monitoring visit to Georgia from 17 to 18 April 2018. The delegation will 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 2004....

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North-South Centre organises a cycle of regional seminars on global development education

Call for expression of interest 13 April 2018 Strasbourg

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe is organising a cycle of regional seminars to assess the recognition and implementation of global development education in the Balkan (Zagreb, October 2018), Baltic (Riga, 9 April 2018), Visegrad (Warsaw, 22 May 2018) as well as South-East Europe...

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Meeting of the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Commission

Gender Equality 13 April 2018 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the meeting of the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Commission (GEC), from 11 – 13 April 2018 in Strasbourg, Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER met GEC Chairperson Eva FEHRINGER. They discussed possible synergies, the role of the Congress in promoting the Council of...

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John WARMISHAM: “There is a real commitment to Roma Inclusion in our local councils”

Roma Alliance 12 April 2018 Athens, Greece

The world community honored the International Roma Day, on 8 April, a tradition inherited from to the First World Romani Congress held in Orpington, in 1971, where Roma representatives from different countries came together to discuss cultural and social issues. “For me it is a strong symbol,...

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Michalis ANGELOPOULOS : « We have the moral duty to protect the rights of the Roma people”

Roma Alliance 12 April 2018 Athens, Greece

“We have the moral duty - as mayors, as councilors and as Greek citizens - to protect the rights of the individuals affected and of the Roma community as a whole,” stated Michail ANGELOPOULOS (Greece, EPP/CCE), Vice-President of the Congress and Mayor of Samos, addressing the participants at a...

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Conference in Athens: Strengthening Roma networks at the local and regional level

Roma Alliance 12 April 2018 Athens, Greece

A conference on initiatives for strengthening Roma networks at local and regional levels was co-organised by the Congress and the Association of Greek municipalities (KEDE)in Athens, Greece, on 12 April 2018. Chaired by Michail ANGELOPOULOS (Greece, EPP/CCE), Vice-President of the Congress and...

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New Practical Guide: “Administrative resources and fair elections”

Publication 12 April 2018 Strasbourg

The Congress launched a new Practical Guide, entitled “Administrative resources and fair elections”, for local and regional politicians and public officials. This booklet is based on the Checklist for compliance with international standards and good practices preventing misuse of administrative...

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Stewart DICKSON: “We must continue to raise awareness about misuse of administrative resources and its threat for the fairness of elections”

Elections 10 April 2018 Tirana, Albania

“For some 15 years now, the Congress has been systematically involved in the observation of grassroots’ elections in the member States of the Council of Europe. This activity, which complements the regular monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, shows that many states have...

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Tirana : the Congress to take part in a Seminar on the misuse of administrative resources during election processes

Elections 09 April 2018 Tirana, Albania

A parliamentary seminar on the misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes took place on 10-11 April in Tirana, Albania. The event was jointly organised by three Council of Europe bodies – the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), the Venice Commission and the Congress of Local and...

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Marking the International Roma Day, celebrated on 8 April 2018, the Congress invites Mayors around Europe to sign a Declaration against Anti-Gypsyism

International Roma Day 8 April 2018 Strasbourg

“Anti-Gypsyism continues to be one of the most widespread forms of racism in Europe. Millions of Roma in many European countries are facing discrimination and hate speech in their everyday lives. The dimension can vary from experiencing derogatory clichés about the Romani culture up to violent...

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Regional identity and nation states: only dialogue in line with constitutions can resolve crises

34th session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Congress and its institutional partners must work together to reaffirm loud and clear that only dialogue and negotiation, in line with the law and constitutions, can resolve crises between nation states and regions. During a debate on “regional identity and integrity of the nation state” held...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: “Given the current challenges, we must preserve the voice of local and regional authorities”

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg

“Together, we are all entering a serious period in the life of our organisation and of our Congress,” said Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström at the opening of the 34th session of the Congress in Strasbourg, France, on 27 March 2018. In her communication, the President gave an update on...

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Michele NICOLETTI: “If democracy dies at the local level, it will also die at the national level”

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

“The success of democracy is not possible without the participation of our citizens in civic life,” stated. Michele NICOLETTI, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe addressing the Congress members at the 34th Session, in Strasbourg, on 27 March 2018. He outlined the...

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Congress concludes Electoral Assessment Mission to the Netherlands

Elections observation 29 March 2018 Strasbourg

A delegation headed by Stewart DICKSON (United Kingdom, ILDG), Congress Thematic Spokesperson on election observation, has carried out a mission to assess the local elections held in the Netherlands on 21 March 2018. On E-Day, four Congress teams visited some 50 polling stations throughout the...

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Congress Chamber of Local Authorities approves Information Report on municipal elections held in Georgia

34th session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg

The overall well-administered Election Day, transparency of the electoral process and confidence in the performance of the Central Election Commission were highlighted by Congress Rapporteur Stewart DICKSON (United Kingdom, ILDG) during a debate on the municipal elections held in Georgia on 21...

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Local democracy in Liechtenstein

34th Session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

On 28 March 2018, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on the situation of local democracy in Liechtenstein following a monitoring visit on 6 and 7 June 2017 to the municipalities of Vaduz, Triesenberg and Planken by the...

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Unaccompanied refugee children: a matter of urgency for local and regional authorities

34th Session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

Since 2015, more than a million children have arrived in Council of Europe member states seeking refuge from war, conflict and poverty. “Urgent action is needed to protect and integrate them as quickly as possible, in particular those children who are unaccompanied or have been separated from...

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Local Democracy in the Republic of San Marino

34th Session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities welcomes the reform process launched in the Republic of San Marino to bring local self-government in line with the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. Presented by Stewart DICKSON (United-Kingdom, ILDG), on 28 March 2018, on...

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Local democracy in Andorra

34th session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg

The level of local democracy in Andorra and its general compliance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government were highlighted in a report adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, at its 34th Session, in Strasbourg, on 28 March 2018. The report is the result of the first...

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Anders KNAPE: “Awareness-raising is not enough to deal with the pressures being placed on our local elected representatives. What is needed is action”

34th Session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg

“We are receiving a growing number of complaints from mayors and local councillors about the intimidation that they are being subjected to,” said Anders KNAPE, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, addressing the 34th session of the Congress on 28 March 2018 in Strasbourg. In this...

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Gunn Marit HELGESEN: “If we are to bring tangible impact in pursuing our mission, change is a must”

34th SESSION 28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

“The Chamber of Regions will contribute as fully as possible to the Congress Reform,” stated Gunn Marit HELGESEN, President of the Chamber of Regions of the Congress in her communication to the 34th Session on 28 March 2018 in Strasbourg, France. She called on the members to engage in the...

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Local democracy in Monaco

34th Session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

“Despite Monaco’s small geographical size, local government is a long-established tradition in the country and we take the view that, bearing in mind its unusual situation, there is a generally very satisfactory level of local self-government in Monaco,” said co-rapporteur Marianne Hollinger...

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Election of a Vice-President of the Chamber of Regions

28 mars 2018 Strasbourg

Róbert-Csongor Grüman (Romania, EPP/CCE) was elected 7th Vice-President of the Chamber of Regions of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities on 28 March 2018 during the 34th session. His election means that he is now also a member of the Bureau of the Chamber of Regions and of the Bureau...

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The Congress and the European Committee of the Regions sign a new Co-operation Agreement

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the 34th Congress session, on 27 March 2018, Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM and President of the European Committee of the Regions Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ signed a revised Co-operation Agreement to replace the existing Agreement of 2009. “The Congress and the European...

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Simon Emil AMMITZBØLL-BILLE: “Well-functioning local authorities are crucial for a well-functioning democracy”

34th Session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

“Our continent is facing complex challenges, such as extremism, terrorism and organised crime. Each of these are threatening the values that we defend in this Organisation. They also impact on our citizens, our societies, our towns, villages and cities,” stated Simon Emil AMMITZBØLL-BILLE,...

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Debate on “Regional referendum, a tool for democracy: challenges and risks”

28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

The “Stuttgart 21” Referendum 2011 in Germany, the Scotland 2014 referendum , the UK´s EU membership Ref 2016, the much-discussed Catalonia “Referendum” 2017 and the 2018 No – Billag Referendum in Switzerland. The future of railways, independence and the abolition of Radio and TV licence...

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The Congress adopts a Report on municipal elections in “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

34th session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

In autumn last year, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities carried out a mission to observe the municipal elections in “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” held on 15 October 2017. Further to this observation, a recommendation, presented by Rapporteur Karim VAN OVERMEIRE (Belgium,...

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First meeting of the Reflection Group on the European Local Democracy Week

34th Session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Reflection Group on the European local democracy week (ELDW) met on 27 March 2018, in Strasbourg. This first meeting was the occasion to launch discussions on a new strategy to advance this pan-European initiative. Chaired by Gaye DOGANOGLU (Turkey, EPP/CCE), Vice-President of the Congress...

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Local and regional democracy in Latvia

34th session 27 March 2017 Strasbourg

An overall positive situation of local self-government in Latvia, together with the extensive autonomy of local authorities were welcomed in a report adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, during its 34th Session, on 27 March 2018 in Strasbourg,...

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The Congress adopts a recommendation following the fact-finding mission in the Republic of Moldova

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg

On 27 March 2018, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, holding its 34th Session in Strasbourg (France), adopted a recommendation on the fact-finding mission on the situation of local elected representatives in the Republic of Moldova that was carried out in...

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Debate on the Council of Europe's "smaller member States" and local democracy

34th Session 28 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

Of a size closer to a local authority than a State, the Council of Europe's "smaller member States" are often models of local democracy. Even though, at first sight, certain aspects of the European Charter of Local Self-Government may not appear relevant to their specific characteristics, full...

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Council of Europe Congress launches tool for promoting human rights at local and regional level in Europe

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

How can human rights be made a tangible reality at grassroots level? This issue was debated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 27 March 2017, with the participation of Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and...

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Co-operation: two publications to support local and regional authorities in Europe

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Handbook on Transparency and Citizen Participation and the Tool Guide on Management of Change were presented to the Congress members on the occasion of the 34th Session in Strasbourg (27-28 March 2018). Both publications were developed as part of the Congress’ co-operation activities to...

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Meeting of the Congress Governance Committee

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg

The members of the Governance Committee of the Congress met in Strasbourg on Tuesday 27 March 2018, on the fringe of the 34th Congress Session. They examined the draft “Guidelines on the right of local authorities to be consulted by higher levels of government” presented by Anders KNAPE (Sweden,...

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Meeting of the Congress Current Affairs Committee

34th session 27 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

The members of Current Affairs Committee met on Tuesday 27 March 2018, in Strasbourg, during the 34th Session of the Congress. They reviewed a report on border regions facing migration phenomena, prepared by Rena DOUROU (Greece, SOC) for which a reflection group has been set up to further examine...

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34th Session : rights-based governance at local and regional level

34th Session 26 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Congress met in Strasbourg, France, from 27 to 28 March 2018 for their 34th Session placed under the theme “rights-based governance at local and regional level”. Congress members discussed in particular the role of local and regional elected representatives and officials in...

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Congress Bureau meets in Strasbourg

26 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

Meeting in Strasbourg on 26 March 2018, with Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM in the Chair, the Congress Bureau considered the draft agenda of the 34th session to be held on 27 and 28 March 2018 under the theme of “rights-based governance at local and regional level”. In particular, the Bureau approved...

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Congress Electoral Assessment Mission to the Netherlands

Electoral Assessment Mission 20 March 2018 The Hague (Netherlands)

The Congress carried out an assessment electoral mission to the Netherlands from 19 to 22 March 2018, in view of the local elections scheduled for Wednesday 21 March. The delegation headed by Stewart Dickson (United-Kingdom, ILDG), Thematic Spokesperson on Observation of local and regional...

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EU Eastern Partnership countries: Emin YERITSYAN advocates for co-ordinated interventions

Co-operation 16/03/2018 Yerevan, Armenia

Emin YERITSYAN (Armenia, EPP/CCE), Head of the Armenian delegation to the Congress and member of CORLEAP, intervened during the Seminar on Public Administration Reform at Local and Regional Level, organised by the European External Action Service in Yerevan, Armenia, on 16 March 2018. “The...

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Venice Commission: 61st meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections and 114th plenary session

15 March 2018 Venice, Italy

Jos WIENEN (Netherlands, EPP/ECC) and Stewart DICKSON (United Kingdom, ILDG), the Congress Spokespersons on the Observation of Local and Regional Elections, took part in the 61st meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections in Venice on 15 March 2018. Jos WIENEN presented the preliminary draft...

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Declaration by the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities on Women’s Day

8 March 2018 Strasbourg

In recent months, scandals related to the harassment and sexual abuse of women have erupted and no environment - political, artistic or civil society - has been spared. Women all around the world decided to break the silence and speak out, giving rise to movements such as the #MeToo campaign on...

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The Congress participated in the meeting of the Task Force Ukraine of the European Committee of the Regions

Co-operation 8 March 2018 Brussels

The Congress Rapporteur on Local and Regional Democracy in Ukraine Marc Cools (Belgium, GILD) participated in the 4th meeting of the European Committee of the Regions Task Force Ukraine, on 8 March 2018 in Brussels. In the presence of Vyacheslav Nehoda, First Vice-Minister for regional...

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International Women’s Day: Conference on “Women and Local Governance” in Armenia

Co-operation 7 March 2018 Yerevan (Armenia)

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Congress co-organised a conference on “Women and Local Governance” on 7 March in Yerevan, Armenia, jointly with the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the...

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What can be done to make human rights popular again : Facebook live on 6 March 2018

Human Rights 5 March 2018 Geneva, Switzerland

What can be done to make human rights popular again in times of increased populism and scepticism? A High level panel discussion on this issue will take place in Geneva, Palais des Nations, room XXIII on 6 March (1:30 – 3:00 pm). Among the speakers will be United Nations Deputy High Commissioner...

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Statement by Congress President following the death of Archil Tatunashvili a Georgian citizen

Congress President 27 February 2018 Strasbourg

Following the death of Archil Tatunashvili, a Georgian citizen who was being detained by the de facto authorities in Tskhingvali, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström declared: “I would like to join with the entire international community in expressing my outrage and sorrow at this tragic...

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Gender equality at local level: challenges and opportunities in Ukraine

Co-operation 21-22 February 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

Within the project “Strengthening capacity of local elected authorities", the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities organised with the Association of Ukrainian Cities, in Kyiv on 21 and 22 February, a workshop on challenges and opportunities related to gender equality at local level in...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: “The obstacles to women's participation are not only political”

Presidency 21 February 2018 Giza, Egypt

Speaking at the 9th Plenary Session of the Assembly of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) in Giza, Egypt, on 21 February 2018, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström highlighted the importance of co-operation frameworks such as the ARLEM for bringing in the spotlight...

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Congress President to address ARLEM in Egypt

Presidency 21 February 2018 Giza, Egypt

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström addressed the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) in Giza, Egypt on 21 February 2018, on the subject of women's empowerment and participation. The Assembly provided an opportunity to determine the priorities...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to Slovenia

Monitoring visit 19 February 2018 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Congress carried out a monitoring visit to Slovenia from 20 to 22 February 2018. The delegation examined the situation of local democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 1996. Rapporteurs on local...

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Congress Monitoring Committee meets in Strasbourg

Monitoring 14 February 2018 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Congress Monitoring Committee met in Strasbourg, France, on February 14, 2018. At the opening of the meeting, Committee Chair Leendert VERBEEK (SOC, Netherlands) presented the results of the committee’s work in 2017 and the prospects for monitoring activities in 2018. The...

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Meeting of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre

SOUTH-MED 6 February 2018 Strasbourg, France

Xavier CADORET (SOC, France), alternate Spokesperson on the South-Med Partnership, will represent the Congress at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre in Strasbourg on 8 February 2018. Items on the agenda include the election of the president and vice-president and the...

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Annual co-ordination meeting of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) in Paris

ELDW 5 February 2018 Paris, France

The annual coordination meeting of the European Local Democracy Week was held on 5 February in Paris. Forty-five participants from participating cities from 6 countries (France, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine) and national associations of local authorities was on hand to evaluate...

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Handbooks on Transparency and Citizen Participation

Co-operation 1 February 2018 Strasbourg, France

Four Handbooks on Transparency and Citizen Participation in Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have been developed by the Congress of the Council of Europe to support local and regional authorities in their efforts to make communities more open, ethical and citizen-oriented....

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Management of change: a tool guide for local and regional authorities

Co-operation 1 February 2018 Strasbourg, France

Stemming from the Congress of the Council of Europe’s local initiatives on ethical governance and transparency, this tool provides step-by-step guidance for local authorities towards the successful assessment of local policies’ efficiency and effective management of change. It aims to support...

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Recommendations for enhanced citizen participation

Co-operation 1 February 2018 Strasbourg, France

Jointly commissioned by the Congress of the Council of Europe and the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia, the study on ‘institutionalised citizen participation: assessment of existing mechanisms in Georgia’ provided the basis for amendments to the Code of Local Self-Government....

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Congress Bureau meeting in Strasbourg

Bureau 1 February 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Bureau of the Congress met in Strasbourg, France, on 2 February 2018. In particular, it discussed the agenda of the 34th Session which will be held in March 2018, under the theme "Rights-based governance at local and regional levels ". The members adopted the draft co-operation agreement with...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to Lithuania

Monitoring 23-24 January 2018 Lithuania

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carries out a monitoring visit to Lithuania from 23 to 24 January 2018. Rapporteurs on local and regional democracy, Mr Artur TORRES PEREIRA (Portugal, EPP/CCE) and Mr Sigurdur Bjorn BLONDAL (Iceland, ILDG),...

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Congress and Committee of the Regions discuss co-operation priorities

Co-operation 17 January 2018 Brussels

At its meeting in Brussels on 16 January 2018, the High-Level Group of the Congress and of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) took stock of their recent and current cooperation activities, and discussed common priorities for 2018. The Congress was represented by President Gudrun...

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Malta signs and ratifies the Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

16 January 2018 Strasbourg

Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM welcomes Malta’s signature and ratification of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority, on 16 January 2018, which will enter into force in Malta on 1 May...

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Meeting of the High Level Group between the European Committee of the Regions and the Congress

Co-operation 15 January 2018 Strasbourg

The High Level Group of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Congress of the Council of Europe will meet on 16 January 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. This meeting is part of the broader framework of cooperation between the two bodies and aims to define common priorities to be pursued...

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