Barometer of Local Institutional Reforms in Europe: a statistics tool for Europe's local and regional authorities

12 October 2018 Strasbourg, France

The French national centre for local and regional administration (Centre national de la fonction publique territoriale - CNFPT) has just launched the Barometer of Local Institutional Reforms in Europe, a tool providing a statistical analysis of local authorities in Europe as well as the changes...

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European Local Democracy Week 2018

EDLW 12 October 2018 Europe

The European Week of Local Democracy (ELDW), coordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, will be held 15 - 21 October 2018. This year, the theme of the ELDW is "Citizen participation, consultation and engagement: for local democracy to flourish", with a particular focus on...

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Manuela BORA: "A European Code of Conduct to ensure integrity and public ethics at local and regional level"

11 October 2018 Brussels, Belgium

The Vice-President of the Congress Governance Committee, Manuela BORA (Italy, SOC) participated in the meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Territorial Development of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM), on 11 October 2018, in Brussels. Speaking at the session on...

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35th session of the Congress: integrity and ethical behaviour of local and regional elected representatives

35th Session 11 October 2018 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg, France, from 6 to 8 November 2018 at their 35th session on the theme of “Integrity and ethical behaviour of local and regional elected representatives”. The Congress will examine, for...

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John WARMISHAM: "A national network of Albanian mayors will identify solutions for a better inclusion of Roma"

Cooperation 11 October 2018 Tirana, Albania

John WARMISHAM (United Kingdom, SOC), Congress Spokesperson on Roma and Traveller issues, addressed Albanian mayors at the Seminar on Roma Inclusion at the local level, in Tirana, Albania, on 11 October 2018. Co-organised by the Congress and the City of Tirana, within the framework of the...

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Youth participation: good practices in Fastiv, Ukraine

11 October 2018 Fastiv, Ukraine

On the occasion of its third consecutive participation in the European Local Democracy Week, the City of Fastiv brought together, on 11 October 2018, local elected representatives and young local leaders from eight regions of Ukraine to share their experiences and examples of good practice in...

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Bilateral meeting between the President of the Congress and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly: "Democracy must be exercised at all levels of governance"

Parliamentary Assembly session 11 October 2018 Strasbourg

Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, met the President of the Parliamentary Assembly Liliane Maury Pasquier on the occasion of a debate on "the role of national parliaments in the success of decentralisation processes", held during the Assembly's...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: "Building the framework for a real interaction between national parliaments and local authorities"

Parliamentary Assembly session 11 October 2018 Strasbourg

Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM addressed the debate on "The role of national parliaments in ensuring the success of decentralisation processes" at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 11 October 2018. She presented the Congress's activities relating to...

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Congress recommends separate Election Day for Cantonal Assemblies in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elections 9 October 2018 Strasbourg

A Delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out an election observation mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina to observe, specifically, the elections of the ten Cantonal Assemblies in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the vote in the...

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Conference on Migrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women and Girls in the Euromed

5 October 2018 Athens, Greece

The Vice-president of the Congress and alternate Spokesperson on the South-Med Partnership, Michail ANGELOPOULOS (Greece, EPP), participated in the Conference on Migrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women and Girls in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, organised by the European Centre for Global...

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Meeting of the Congress Bureau in Strasbourg

Bureau of the Congress 5 October 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Bureau of the Congress met in Strasbourg, France, on 5 October 2018. Several items relating to the situation of local and regional democracy were on the agenda, including the progress of the work of the Reflection Group on Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the results of the seminar on the...

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Roma inclusion: Towards the creation of an Albanian national network

3 October 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is co-organising, in partnership with the city of Tirana, a seminar on Roma inclusion at the local level in Tirana, Albania, on 11 October 2018. In particular, participants will discuss the prospect of creating a national...

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Congress observed Cantonal elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elections 01 October 2018 Bosnia & Herzegovina

A Delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out an election observation mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 4 to 8 October 2018, to observe, specifically, the elections of the ten Cantonal Assemblies in the Federation of Bosnia and...

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Andreas Kiefer: “The Council of Europe is one of the pillars making the dreams, hopes and aspirations of The Hague Congress a reality.”

28 September 2018 The Hague, Netherlands

“The Hague Congress of May 1948 had direct and indirect impact on the major changes that happened over the past seven decades in Europe and stands at the origins of the Council of Europe, which was founded on 5 May 1949”, stressed Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER addressing a Conference...

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Inclusion of Roma youth through education, employment and political participation

Roma 26 September 2018 Brijuni, Croatia

The activities of the Congress in the field of inclusion of Roma youth were presented at an International Expert Seminar held in Brijuni, Croatia, on 26 September 2018. Speaking during the debate on "Policy initiatives at local, national and international levels to sustain Roma employability and...

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Congress Vice-President Gunn Marit HELGESEN participates in the 5th meeting of the Task Force on Ukraine organised by the European Committee of Regions

25 September 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

“The legal framework is the basis of the stability and development in Ukraine; the Congress stands ready to provide the support to all levels of government in improving this basis. Our interventions are complementary to other initiatives and efforts in supporting local elected representatives in...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: "Cooperation between the Congress and national associations of local authorities helps to reinforce local democracy"

Presidency 26 September 2018 Akureyri, Iceland

"National associations represent at national level the local and regional authorities to which the Congress gives a voice at European level. It is here, in the national associations, that we have the best chance to develop our work to improve our towns and cities and the lives of our citizens"...

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CALRE: "Minority languages must become practical tools in our provision of public services", says Andrew DAWSON

26 September 2018 Brussels, Belgium

The Working Group on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) met on 26 September 2018 in Brussels to celebrate the European Day of Languages and present its new Decalogue for Linguistic Diversity. Andrew Dawson (United Kingdom, ECR)...

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Memorandum of Understanding between the Congress and the Association of Ukrainian Cities

Cooperation 25 September 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

The signing of the memorandum is a “logical continuation of the long-standing co-operation with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) and shows our determination to join forces for the improvement of local democracy in Ukraine, and towards a stronger partnership” stressed Andreas Kiefer,...

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“Only strong municipalities can build a strong Ukraine” - A dialogue of mayors with the Prime Minister, Government and parliamentarians in Ternopil

25 September 2018 Ternopil, Ukraine

“Today’s dialogue is a strong message of Ukraine’s commitment towards the decentralisation reform, self-government and systematic policy dialogue between all levels of governance”, said the Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer at the ‘Day of the Dialogue with the Government’ organised by the...

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Gunn Marit HELGESEN: Minimising corruption to attract investment and foster economic development at local level

24 September 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

During the 8th Annual Meeting of the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) on 24 September 2018 in Kyiv, Gunn Marit HELGESEN (Norway, EPP/CCE), Congress Vice President and President of the Chamber of Regions, stressed the need to advocate for good...

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Annual meeting of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government

20 September 2018 Strasbourg

The Congress Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government (GIE) met in Strasbourg, France, on 20 and 21 September 2018. 30 years after the entry into force of the Charter, members reviewed the Congress' experience in monitoring and discussed new tools that could...

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Both women’s participation and perspective in politics have a tremendous impact in public policies

Presidency 21 September 2018 St Petersburg, Russian Federation

“We need more dialogue and cooperation among us to advance the female agenda and harness the women’s potential,” stated Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström during the debate on “Female governors: strategy of regional performance and growth”, in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 21...

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Liisa ANSALA: "Women's political participation must be encouraged at the local level"

13 September 2018 Helsinki, Finland

Congress Vice-President Liisa ANSALA (Finland, ILDG) spoke on 13 September 2018 at the annual Helsinki Municipal Fair organised by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. The Vice-President underlined the importance of women's political participation and the need for a European...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: "Women's participation in politics remains among top political priorities in Europe”

Presidency 20 September 2018 St Petersburg, Russian Federation

"Women's participation and representation, as well as gender equality, remain at the top of the political agenda in Europe," said Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström addressing participants at the opening of the Eurasian Women's Forum in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 20 September...

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Congress President to participate in the 2nd Eurasian Women's Forum

Presidency 20 September 2018 St Petersburg, Russian Federation

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, will deliver a speech at the opening of the 2nd Eurasian Women's Forum to be held on 20 and 21 September in St Petersburg, Russian Federation. In addition, she will participate in the public debate on...

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30 years of the European Charter of Local Self-Government: Citizens and local elected representatives must defend this fundamental treaty for democracy

ECLSG 18 September 2018 Lisbon, Portugal

On the occasion of a commemorative ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER addressed the Lisbon City Council on 18 September 2018, Portugal. He also held discussions with Minister of...

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Andreas KIEFER: "National parliaments have a key role to play in strengthening decentralisation in Europe"

17 September 2018 Lisbon, Portugal

Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER participated in an exchange of views on 17 September 2018 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, with the participation of Portugal's Minister of Internal Affairs Eduardo CABRITA. This exchange took place...

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Congress Secretary General meets Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Development

Cooperation 12 September 2018 Yerevan, Armenia

On 13 September in Yerevan, Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer met Suren Papikyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia. The Secretary General reaffirmed the Congress commitment to working with the Ministry and other relevant stakeholders in implementing the...

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Congress pre-electoral observation mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elections 14 September 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Congress delegation, led by Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG), carried out a pre-electoral observation mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 19 to 21 September 2018 to assess the campaign and preparations for the elections to the Cantonal Assemblies, which will be held on 7 October. The...

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Robert GRUMAN: "Cross-border and interregional cooperation leads to find effective and creative ways of cooperation"

12 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

"More than a third of Europeans live in a border area and have to face all the challenges that this entails," Congress Vice-President Robert GRUMAN (Romania, EPP) pointed out, at the session on cross-border cooperation held during a Round Table on Local Self-Government, in Minsk, Belarus, on 12...

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Leendert VERBEEK: "The right of local authorities to form a national association is widely recognised by the Member States"

12 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

What is the role of national associations of local authorities? Leendert VERBEEK (Netherlands, SOC), Vice-Chairman of the Congress Monitoring Committee, spoke on this issue at a round table in Minsk, Belarus, on 12 September 2018. “Each country that adheres to the European Charter of Local...

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Andreas KIEFER: "Consultation of local authorities must be anchored in law and practice"

Cooperation 12 September 2018 Yerevan, Armenia

"The right of local authorities to be consulted by other levels of government is a key principle of the European Charter of Local Self-Government," stated Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER, at the workshop on "Consultation mechanisms between local and national authorities" in Yerevan,...

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Round table in Minsk: "The Congress is ready to contribute to the Council of Europe Action Plan for Belarus"

Presidency 12 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

At the opening of the Round table held in Minsk, Belarus, on 12 September 2018, Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM welcomed this initiative as “a good opportunity to establish the groundwork for a better decentralization in Belarus and to strengthen our cooperation in the field of local...

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Andreas KIEFER: "A framework for regular consultation between national and local authorities becomes a priority for local democracy in Armenia"

Cooperation 12 September 2018 Yerevan, Armenia

“Today, in the context of participatory democracy, dialogue and consultations between different levels of government is a major requirement of any democratic society,” underlined Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER, addressing the participants to the workshop on “Consultation mechanisms...

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Belarus: The Congress experience as a tool for strengthening decentralisation

Presidency 11 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

On the occasion of his meeting with Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM in Minsk on 11 September 2018, the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Mikhail MIASNIKOVICH, stated that the Belarusian authorities were interested in...

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Congress President addresses students from the Minsk Academy of Public Administration

Presidency 11 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM participated in a seminar organised with students and professors from the Minsk Academy of Public Administration, Belarus, on 11 September 2018. The aim was to have an exchange on the role and place of local communities in a new system of multi-level...

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Congress President meets Belarus President

Presidency 11 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, met with the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander LUKASHENKO on 11 September 2018. They discussed the importance of local self-government in the governance of our societies. During this exchange,...

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Local governance in Belarus: Congress shares its experience

11 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

Congress Vice-President Michalis ANGELOPOULOS (Greece, EPP/CCE) opened the seminar which brought together Congress members and experts, in Minsk, on 11 September 2018, to discuss the situation of local self-government in Belarus. He presented, in particular, the European Charter of Local...

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High level meetings and round table on local self-government in Belarus

11 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

At the invitation of the Belarusian authorities, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a round table and several high-level meetings with the Belarusian authorities in Minsk on 11 and 12 September 2018. The President of the Congress of Local and Regional...

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Armenia : Workshop on consultation mechanisms between local and national authorities

Cooperation 7 September 2018 Yerevan, Armenia

In the framework of its co-operation activities in Armenia, the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is organising a Workshop on consultation mechanisms between local and national authorities, on 12 September 2018, in Yerevan. The workshop aims to launch a dialogue on...

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Martin FODOR : “Local level is best placed for creating innovative mechanisms for citizen engagement”

Co-operation 4 September 2018 Yerevan, Armenia

”Citizen participation is a requirement of effective modern democracy, and this participation should not be limited to elections alone,” stated Martin FODOR (United Kingdom, ILDG), at the Conference on ‘Good governance and effective civil participation at local level in Armenia’, held in Yerevan,...

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"Thirty years after the entry into force of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, we must more than ever ensure respect for its principles", says Congress President

Monitoring 31 August 2018 Strasbourg, France

The entry into force of the European Charter of Local Self-Government thirty years ago has profoundly transformed the democratic landscape in Europe and anchored local democracy throughout the continent. The Charter, opened for signature on 15 October 1985 by the Committee of Ministers of the...

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Access Congress web resources more easily

31 August 2018 Strasbourg, France

The latest evolution of the Congress website offers a clearly simplified ergonomics that allows you to more easily access the available resources. Now, the horizontal menu includes four new sections: “A Political Assembly": Sessions, Presidency and structures of the Congress; "Monitoring":...

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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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