Ukrainian local authorities join efforts to advance gender equality

co-operation 14 to 15 March 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress and the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) co-organised on 14-15 March 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine, the round table “Gender Equality and Open Government for Stronger Local Democracy”. This event brought together 50 Ukrainian local elected representatives and public officials as well as...

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Ukraine: Gender equality and open government for stronger local democracy

Co-operation 14 March 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

As part of the global Open Government Week (Open Gov Week, 11-17 March 2019) and collective efforts to ensure gender equality at local level, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising a round table to streamline gender equality in the implementation of...

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Ukrainian local authorities uphold their support for political, social and economic inclusion of IDPs

co-operation 28 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) organised a workshop on “Ensuring better inclusion and integration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at local level in Ukraine” on 28 February 2019 in Kyiv,...

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Voting rights of IDPs in Ukraine: Congress rapporteurs call on the Verkhovna Rada to accelerate the adoption of draft Law No. 6240

co-operation 27 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

Drawing from the general consensus that providing IDPs with the right to vote is essential for successful integration, the Congress rapporteurs call on the Ukrainian authorities to take the necessary legislative measures, in particular in view of the next local election in 2020, to make IDPs’...

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Meeting between the Secretary General of the Congress and the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine

Secretary General 27 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

The decentralisation reforms currently under way in Ukraine and co-operation with the Congress in this area were discussed at a meeting between the Secretary General of the Congress, Andreas Kiefer, and the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Ivanna...

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Workshop in Ukraine: ensuring the inclusion of IDPs at the local level

Co-operation 28 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

How can the inclusion and protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) be ensured at the local level in Ukraine? A workshop on this issue will be held on 28th February 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine, with numerous participants getting involved, including Ukrainian mayors, representatives of local and...

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Meeting in Lviv of the Ukrainian Alliance for Roma Inclusion

Roma Alliance 26 February 2019 Lviv, Ukraine

The Ukrainian Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion held a meeting, on 26th February 2019, with Alliance members, local and regional elected officials, parliamentarians and NGO representatives, in Lviv, Ukraine. In the context of the attacks against Roma in 2018 in various Ukrainian...

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Allowing IDPs to vote in local elections in Ukraine

Co-operation 27 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (the Congress) discussed the voting rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at local level in Ukraine and the measures needed to ensure their electoral participation, at a conference on 27 February in Kyiv. The conference will be followed, on...

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On-going reforms in Ukraine: Congress supports decentralisation of powers, capable mayors and their national associations

14 February 2019 Brussels, BELGIUM

Political will and operational support, trust in institutions and a critical mass of reform-minded local leaders were identified as four key elements of successful implementation of the on-going reforms in Ukraine during the sixth meeting of the European Committee of the Regions' Task Force on...

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"Open government" as a way to enhance local self-governance in Ukraine

25 January 2019 Kiev, Ukraine

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (the Congress) is organising jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) on the 29 and 30 January 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine, a round table to discuss the role of local authorities in the implementation of the Fourth...

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Ukrainian local authorities step up their commitment to “open government”

Co-operation 30 January 2019 Kiev, Ukraine

The Congress and the Association of Ukrainian Cities co-organised on 29-30 January 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine a round table “Open Government Partnership: A way forward to enhance local self-governance”. This event brought together almost 40 Ukrainian mayors and representatives of local councils, the...

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Reform of local self-government in Ukraine: towards a common position on the status of local councillors

Cooperation 18 December 2018 Kiev, Ukraine

The Congress and the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) organised a round table on "Prospects for the status of local councillors in Ukraine" on 13 December 2018 in Kiev (Ukraine). The round table brought together local councillors and mayors from 25 Ukrainian local authorities in order to...

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Innovative mechanisms, legal frameworks, quotas and training: ways forward for gender equality at local level in Ukraine and Georgia

Cooperation 28 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

“We need innovative gender parity mechanisms, a legal framework to protect women against machismo in politics, legitimized quotas, awareness raising for children from primary school and gender mainstreaming in education programmes from nursery school onwards”. These were the proposals of the...

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Ukrainian municipalities engage further for gender equality

World Forum for Democracy 28 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

“Equal opportunities for women and men are of utmost importance at the local level and an essential component of democratic societies” voiced Ukrainian elected representatives from Irpin, Kharkiv, Lviv, Mariupol, Slavuta, Zhytomyr, and other regions of Ukraine unanimously during the World Forum...

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Georgian and Ukrainian local authorities join to learn from best practices on gender equality and women's rights

World Forum for Democracy 19 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

“The goal of gender equality is a shared battle, requiring the involvement of men, the media and all levels of government,” stressed Gunn Marit HELGESEN, Vice President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe encouraging a delegation of 30 Ukrainian and Georgian...

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Ukraine ratifies the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government

19 September 2014 Ukraine

On 2 September 2014, the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) adopted the law on the 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 by a majority of 260 votes. This is a positive step...

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Andreas KIEFER: "Cooperation between cities and regions from different countries makes it possible to develop concrete themes and projects"

19 October 2018 Odessa, Ukraine

"Relations and co-operation of cities and regions with counterparts in other countries complement the traditional foreign policy of states. Bilaterally or in European associations thematic issues can be addressed and projects be implemented. In addition institutional fora like the Congress of...

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E-Government tools and practices at local level in Ukraine

12 October 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) held a focus group meeting on 12 October 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine, to discuss e-governance tools and instruments to enhance transparency and improve citizens’ trust in local authorities. The purpose of the meeting was to identify good practices and...

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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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Jean-Claude Frécon speaks in support of the young Ukrainian leaders on track for local and regional democracy

3 November Strasbourg

« We in the Congress are convinced that young people’s active participation in civic life, particularly at the local level, is a way of ensuring social cohesion,» Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, emphasised in an address to the young local leaders of Ukraine at the conference...

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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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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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Regional seminar in Odessa : promoting local democracy with Ukrainian youth

9 - 10 december 2014 Odessa, Ukraine

The Congress is organising a regional training seminar for young local leaders in Odessa (Ukraine) from 9 to 11 December 2014. 22 young local leaders of NGOs, youth wings of political parties as well as local elected representatives will discuss and share their perceptions on local democracy, in...

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“Mayors - Leaders for change” workshop starts in Ukraine

15 December 2015 Kyiv

Speaking at the start of the “Mayors - Leaders for change” workshop in Kyiv on 15 December 2015, Anders Knape (Sweden, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities and Vice-President of the Congress, outlined the Congress’s role in promoting local democracy in the 47 Council of Europe...

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Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, in Ukraine

14 December 2015 Kyiv

The Congress and the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Communal Services of Ukraine organised a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, in Kyiv, on 14 December 2015, with the participation of Vyacheslav Nehoda, Vice-Minister of...

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Transparency as a tool to prevent corruption

Co-operation 20 December 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

How to increase citizens’ trust in local authorities, and vice-versa; how to improve local governance and what are the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder; how to include gender perspective in local policies and what are the main ingredients for sustainable local democracy - these were...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: “We are confident that the decentralisation reform will bring about the awaited changes to the system of local self-government in Ukraine ”

Presidency 27 November 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

On the occasion of the high-level visit carried out in Ukraine from 20 to 22 November 2017, the President of the Congress Gudrun Mosler-Törnström welcomed the political will of the Ukrainian authorities to pave the way for the next monitoring of local and regional democracy in Ukraine. In the...

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Ukrainian mayors and councillors discuss good governance in metropolitan areas

Governance 3 July 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

Fifty mayors, councillors and representatives from 12 large Ukrainian cities, as well as from the capital city of Kyiv, met to discuss the increasing role of big municipalities as engines for political, economic and cultural development. “Larger cities are shaping our future, absorbing more and...

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Roundtable in Kyiv: Stronger roles and responsibilities for local councillors in Ukraine

Co-operation 19 December 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

“The legal status of local councillors in Ukraine needs to be improved”, said Serhiy VLASENKO, Head of the Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Parliament of Ukraine at the opening of the roundtable on the ‘Legislative regulation of the legal status of...

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Forum for Local Democracy in Ukraine: mayors, councillors and young local leaders commit to strengthen good local governance

Cooperation 7 July 2017 Ukraine

Meeting at the Forum for local democracy in Ukraine, organised by the Congres from 4 to 7 July 2017 in Cherniyv region, some hundred participants - Ukrainian mayors, councillors and young local leaders, as well as Congress members and experts - adopted a final declaration. They committed to...

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Forum for Local Democracy in Ukraine: The Council of Europe Congress gathers together mayors, municipal councillors and young leaders in Snovjanka

presidency 4-7 July 2017 Ukraine

On 4 to 7 July the Congress is holding a Forum for local democracy in Ukraine gathering together mayors, municipal councillors and young local leaders in Snovjanka, in the Region of Chernihiv. The Forum will focus on two main themes: representative democracy and its challenges and citizen...

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“Strengthening the capacities of mayors, councillors and young leaders is essential to build a genuine local democracy in Ukraine”, says Congress President

Presidency 4 July 2017 Ukraine

The interplay between targeted co-operation programmes and Congress' statutory activities, namely monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and election observation, was underlined by President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström at the opening of the Forum for Local Democracy in Ukraine on...

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National associations of local authorities in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine strengthen their co-operation

Cooperation 19 June 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

“We have gathered today to unite our powers to build better and responsible local authorities. Our three associations are sharing common goals and European values, and only if we work together we can make a real progress”, stated Vitaliy Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv and President of the Association...

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Local councillors in Ukraine consider trust and transparency to be the key to building strong communities

cooperation 8 september 2016 Kiev

28 local councillors from the Kiev, Cherkassy, Kirovohrad and Poltava regions gathered to discuss their powers and functions in the framework of the decentralisation reform, and the challenges they face in their everyday activities as local politicians. They exchanged with peer Congress members...

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Political dialogue between Ukrainian mayors and Congress members

Local democracy 18 october 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Congress is supporting the municipalities of Baranivka (Zytomir Region), Chernivtsi, Kreminna (Lugansk Region), Pervomaysk (Mykolaiv Region) and Fastiv (Kyiv Region) in Ukraine to implement participatory processes aimed at increasing the transparency of public policies implemented by local...

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Legal status of local councillors: the Council of Europe’s Congress to hold a roundtable with the Ukrainian Parliament

Co-operation 18 December 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress organised, jointly with the Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Parliament of Ukraine, a roundtable on the “Legislative regulation of the legal status of local councillors in Ukraine: state of play and prospects for improvement”, on 18...

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Young leaders from Eastern Ukraine engaged for change at local level

cooperation 07 April 2017 Strasbourg

28 young representatives from local authorities, civil society organisations and media gathered together in Dnipro for three days, to share their views on local democracy and on the reforms in Ukraine. Organised by the Congress, this seminar was an opportunity for participants, from...

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Call for proposals for initiatives on transparency and citizen participation in Ukraine

cooperation 24 April 2017 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, within its project “Promoting local democracy in Ukraine”, is launching a call for proposals for participants involved in the “Mayors, leaders for change” activities. The selected local authorities will implement initiatives which aim to make their...

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Youth participation in local affairs: a key feature of democracy in Ukraine

cooperation 28 April 2017 Strasbourg

“Sustainable change starts at the local level. Therefore, engaging youth to participate in local affairs is of the upmost importance’’ pointed out Saara Ilvessalo, member of the Congress (Finland, SOC). “It is also the only way to achieve a better and peaceful society”, added Eva Černigoj, member...

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Marc Cools: “Local good governance and active citizenship are the best guarantors for change in Ukraine”

governance 18 May 2017 Ukraine

Outlining the principles enshrined in the European Charter for local self-government to 30 local councillors from the Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lugansk regions, Marc Cools, Rapporteur on local and regional democracy in Ukraine (Belgium), stressed the need to further strengthen the...

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The Congress supports the local political dimension of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine

Cooperation 12 June 2017 Kyev

The Steering Committee on the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine met in Kyiv on 12 June to take stock of the results achieved since 2015, and to reflect on the priorities for the upcoming period 2018-2021. Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities,...

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Local councillors play a key role within the decentralisation process in Ukraine

cooperation 13 to 15 June 2017 Ukraine

A three-day workshop organised in Odessa, from 13 to 15 June, by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, gathered together 32 councillors from 7 Southern and Eastern regions of Ukraine. Discussions focused on their engagement and priorities to develop their communities, as well as on ways...

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Meeting of the Congress Monitoring Committee in Kharkiv

monitoring Committee 27 June 2017 ukraine

Further to the initiative by Congress Vice-President Yuliya Svitlychna (Ukraine, ILDG-GILD) to hold a statutory meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (Council of Europe) in the Kharkiv region, the members of this Committee came together in the city...

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Congress Secretary General participated in a round table on decentralisation in Ukraine

SG 30 June 2017 Khyriv, Ukraine

The Congress developed peer to peer workshops for mayors and councillors, which are successfully organised in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Armenia. “Politicians want to learn – but they do not want to be taught,” explained Andreas Kiefer’s, Congress Secretary General, in a round table on...

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Ukraine: Council of Europe to support transparency and citizen participation initiatives in five communities

Cooperation 4 July 2017 Ukraine

Five Ukrainian local authorities (Baranivka, Zytomir Oblast; Chernivtsi; Kreminna, Lugansk Oblast; Pervomaysk, Mykolaiv Oblast; and Fastiv, Kyiv Oblast) will receive financial and expert support to implement local initiatives aimed at making their governance more open, inclusive, responsive,...

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Call for interest for the completion of a study on gender equality in local political life in Ukraine

Local democracy 4 october 2017 ukraine

The Congress is committed to combatting any form of gender stereotypes, sexism and violence against women, in line with the Council of Europe strategy for gender equality. It regularly adopts recommendations on this topic. Within the framework of the project “Promoting local democracy in...

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Congress of the Council of Europe delegation carries out a high-level visit to Ukraine

MONITORING 20 November 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

A delegation of the Congress of local and regional authorities, chaired by Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, President of the Congress, is carrying out a high-level visit to Ukraine from 20 to 22 November 2017. The delegation is composed of Gunn Marit HELGESEN (Norway, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber...

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Ukraine : Opening of a new Local Democracy agency in Mariupol

ALDA 13 December 2017 Mariupol, Ukraine

On 9 December 2017, the European Association of Local Democracy opened a new Local Democracy Agency in Mariupol (Ukraine). Mayors, members of the Ukrainian Parliament, representatives of civil societies and NGOs assembled for this important step toward the promotion of local democracy and good...

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