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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Congress launches a deliberative process in the City of Mostar

Co-operation 6 August 2020

On 23 and 24 July 2020, the Congress organised online bilateral meetings to present the project "Building democratic participation in the City of Mostar” to the stakeholders from the City of Mostar. The aim of the meetings was to provide the Mayor of Mostar and representatives of local political...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina : Call for tenders - Provision of international consultancy services

Co-operation 4 August 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is implementing the project “Building democratic participation in the City of Mostar” as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018-2021. In that context, it is looking for Provider(s) for...

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Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: taking action at all levels of governance to end discrimination

Roma 3 August 2020 Strasbourg, France

"Seventy-six years ago, thousands of Roma - women, men and children - were exterminated by the Nazi regime. We commemorate this date by calling on all levels of governance to commit themselves to combat continuing discrimination and violence against Roma," said John Warmisham, Congress Rapporteur...

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Jelena Drenjanin: "Challenging the Istanbul Convention is a serious setback for women's rights"

Istanbul Convention 30 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

"The Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding instrument at European level, providing a comprehensive legal framework for the prevention of violence, the protection of victims and an end to impunity for perpetrators," said Jelena Drenjanin, Congress Spokesperson on Gender Equality, in a...

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National – Local Collaboration on Open Government in Ukraine

Co-operation 17 July 2020

On 17 July 2020, the Congress held a webinar on "National – Local Collaboration on Open Government in Ukraine", co-organised with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat. The aim of the online event was to enhance the inclusion of Ukrainian...

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Ministerial Segment of the High-Level Policy Forum for Sustainable Development: Message from the President of the Congress

Presidency 14 to 16 July 2020 New York, USA

On the occasion of the Ministerial Segment of the High-Level Policy Forum for Sustainable Development, held at the United Nations in New York from 14 to 16 July 2020, Congress President Anders Knape made the following statement: "The Sustainable Development Goals commit all levels of governance -...

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

High Level Group Meeting 10 July 2020 Online Meeting

The members of the Congress of the Council of Europe / European Committee of the Regions (CoR) of the European Union High Level Group held an online meeting on 10 July 2020. Discussions focused on the COVID-19 health crisis and the responses at the local and regional levels. The presidents of the...

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The Secretary General presents the Congress’ activities to the Committee of Ministers

9 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

Acting Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer presented the work of the Congress over the last 8 months to the Ministers' Deputies on 8 July 2020. In his communication Andreas Kiefer focused on the role of local and regional authorities as key actors and the Congress with its supporting...

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UN-High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Congress President calls for a multi-level approach to the COVID-19 crisis

Presidency 9 July 2020 New York, USA

"The COVID-19 crisis has put cities and regions at the forefront of dealing with the health emergency and finding responses to the crisis. It is all the more essential that national, European and international authorities take into account the local and regional dimension and that strategies are...

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Mostar: Adoption of amendments to the Election Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed by Congress spokespersons

9 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

In a statement made on 9 July 2020, the spokespersons of the Congress for the observation of local and regional elections, Jakob Wienen (Netherlands, EPP/CCE) and Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG), commended the adoption of amendments to the Election Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the...

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Andrew Dawson: “Smart cities are more a political challenge than a technological one”

CAHAI 7 July 2020

"Local and regional authorities are making increasing use of artificial intelligence in the delivery of services to citizens," underlined Andrew Dawson (RCE, United Kingdom), vice-chair of the Congress Governance Committee and Councilor for West Cheshire and Chester, at the ad hoc meeting on...

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Preventing and Combatting Sexism at Local Level in Ukraine: A Guide for Women and Men in Local Politics

Cooperation 3 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

On 2 July 2020, the Congress organised a webinar on “Preventing and Combatting Sexism at Local Level in Ukraine” to release a guide for women and men in local politics. It aims to equip local politicians in Ukraine with the knowledge necessary to recognise sexism in their institutions and...

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Gunn-Marit Helgesen: "Solidarity and experience sharing are essential in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis"

North-South Centre 30 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

"The current crisis has highlighted the need for solidarity which makes the North-South Centre more relevant than ever," said Gunn-Marit Helgesen, Congress Vice-President and President of the Chamber of Regions, at the North-South Centre Executive Committee meeting on 30 June 2020. She praised...

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Rapporteurs regret Latvia missed the opportunity to adopt a territorial reform in full conformity with the Congress Charter

Monitoring 19 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

In reaction to the recent enactment of the administrative territorial reform by the Saeima, the Congress rapporteurs on Latvia, Xavier Cadoret, France (L, SOC/G/PD), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, and Marc Cools, Belgium (L, ILDG), expressed disappointment and concern about the...

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Congress spokespersons welcome the Venice Commission opinion on removal of local candidates and mayors in Turkey

Elections 19 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe - European Commission for Democracy through Law - adopted a legal opinion, on 18 June 2020, on the replacement of elected candidates and mayors in Turkey. The adoption of this opinion responds to a request sent by the Congress of Local and Regional...

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Armenia: Launch of working groups for the Community of Practice on public ethics in local governance

Co-operation 18 June 2020 Armenia

Four working groups of the Community of practice on public integrity and ethics in local governance in Armenia (CoP), formed in March 2020, held their first meetings between 18 and 23 June to agree on their workplans and chart future action. Established in the framework of the Congress project on...

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Ukrainian local authorities step up for open local government

Co-operation 16 June 2020

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a webinar “Open Government Partnership Going Local in Ukraine”, co-organised with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC), on 16 June 2020. The aim of the online event was to promote the engagement of Ukrainian local...

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John Warmisham: “Local governments must engage with Roma youth to include them in local public and political affairs”

Roma 18 June 2020 Video-conference

“Local and regional authorities must foster the participation of young Roma in political life by promoting inclusion and ensuring their security and integration,” stated John Warmisham, Congress spokesperson on Roma issues, at the online meeting of the Task Force on Roma Youth Participation and...

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Congress President welcomes significant developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina paving the way for local elections in Mostar

Election observation 18 June 2020

Welcoming the signatures between party leaders Bakir Izetbegović (SDA) and Dragan Čović (HDZ) who, last night, signed two agreements aimed at reinstating free and democratic suffrage in Mostar, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders Knape,...

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“A democratic governance response to COVID-19”: Congress participates in a CDDG meeting

18 June 2020 Video conference

A thematic meeting on "A democratic governance response to COVID-19" was organised by the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) on 18 June 2020, by video conference, under the aegis of the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Congress was...

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