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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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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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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Open Government Partnership: Congress supports call for local authorities to join the OGP Local programme

Co-operation 16 June 2020

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, through its co-operation projects in Armenia and Ukraine, is supporting local and regional authorities wishing to participate in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Local Programme. A multilateral initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments...

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Webinars on ethical, innovative and inclusive policies and practices: an integrated approach to local initiatives in Ukraine

Co-operation 20 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

From 22 May to 2 June 2020, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold a series of six webinars for an integrated approach to local initiatives in Ukraine. They will address thematic areas deemed crucial for the effective and sustainable implementation of...

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Strengthening public ethics: practical guides available for Ukrainian local authorities

Co-operation 3 April 2020 Strasbourg, France

In its many forms, corruption is a major threat to local and regional governance and to democracy in Europe, that public authorities need to address as a matter of urgency. To tackle this challenge and provide local and regional elected representatives with concrete tools, the Congress has...

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Distance expert support to Ukrainian local authorities ensures steady implementation of local initiatives

Co-operation 2 April 2020 Ukraine

The Congress project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine” continues providing expert support to 13 Ukrainian local authorities in the implementation of local initiatives on ethical, innovative and inclusive policies and practices. In order to heed the current...

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Congress carried out a monitoring visit to Ukraine

Monitoring Committee 4 to 6 March 2020 Ukraine

A delegation of the Congress carried out a monitoring visit to Ukraine, in Kyiv, Fastiv and Tomashivska, from 4 to 6 March 2020, to assess the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which the country ratified in 1997. The Congress rapporteurs, Ms Gunn...

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Congress constitutional expert Francesco Palermo: “Trust building in local self-government is essential to the democratic development of Ukraine”

Monitoring committee 24 and 25 February 2020 Kyiv, Ukraine

Contributing to the Council of Europe Joint Mission to Kyiv (Ukraine), carried out on 24 and 25 February 2020, Congress’ constitutional advisor prof. Francesco Palermo, member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government (GIE), participated in an exchange...

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Ukraine: Congress President calls for inclusive consultation in the territorial reform process

Presidency 6 February 2020

On the occasion of the appointment of Denys Shmygal to the post of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Community and Territorial Development of Ukraine, Congress President Anders Knape addressed a letter to the new Minister on 6 February 2020, reaffirming the Congress' support for the ongoing...

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Young people from Eastern Ukraine empowered by the Congress: we know our rights and we will stand for them

Co-operation 27 to 31 January 2020 Dnipro, Ukraine

Twenty young people from the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine participated in a training activity on human rights and local democracy between the 27 and 31 January 2020 in Dnipro. The participants, who are currently undertaking vocational studies, had the opportunity to learn...

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Congress organises training on human rights and local democracy for young Ukrainians

Co-operation activities 28 January 2020 Dnipro, Ukraine

The Congress organised a training course for young people from the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, in Dnipro, Ukraine, from 28 to 31 January 2020. The aim of the course was to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between local democracy and human rights and to...

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: local experts to provide consultancy and expert support to Ukrainian municipalities implementing local initiatives on ethical, innovative and inclusive policies and practices

Co-operation 20 December 2019 Strasbourg, France

Within the project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine”, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is launching a call to local experts for consultancy and expert support to selected Ukrainian municipalities implementing local...

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The Association of Ukrainian Cities’ new strategy to better defend the interests of the communities

Co-operation 11 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

“The Association of Ukrainian Cities should base its advocacy before national authorities on a participatory process and by developing strong internal structures and consensual strategic approaches with its members”, stressed Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, on the occasion of...

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Fostering effective dialogue between national, regional and local authorities in Ukraine

Co-operation 12 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

During the meeting of the Community of practice on local democracy in Ukraine held in Kyiv on 12 December 2019, Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress underlined the vital contribution that national associations of local and regional authorities can make representing local interests in...

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13 municipalities to implement ethical, innovative and inclusive policies and practices at local level in Ukraine

Co-operation 12 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress has signed joint agreements with 13 Ukrainian local authorities on 12 December 2019 to implement local initiatives on ethical, transparent and participatory decision-making; engagement of under-represented groups; and equal opportunities for women and men to participate in local...

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Gudrun Mösler-Törnström: “Making gender equality a reality at local level is about ensuring democratic sustainability”

Co-operation 10 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

“Gender equality is at the very heart of human rights and the Council of Europe values, and, in this regard, local and regional authorities have a key role to play,” stated Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC/G/PD) at the Third Ukrainian Women’s Congress on 10 December 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine....

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Call for applications: local and international experts to provide consultancy and support to Ukrainian municipalities

Cooperation 29 November 2019 Strasbourg

Within the project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine”, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is launching a call to international and local experts for consultancy and expert support to selected Ukrainian municipalities...

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Ukraine: Call for proposals for local initiatives on ethical, innovative and inclusive policies and practices at local level in Ukraine

CO-OPERATION ACTIVITIES 25 October 2019 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, within its project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine”, is launching a call for proposals to support selected municipalities in implementing sustainable and replicable ethical, innovative...

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Ukraine: Call for tenders to support the institutional development of the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC)

Call for tenders 15 July 2019 Ukraine

The Council of Europe is launching a call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services in the field of strategic planning and organisational development. This call aims to support the implementation of the project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine” by...

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Ukrainian mayors commit to public ethics, open government and gender equality

XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum 19 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer opened the “Day of the Congress”, organised jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) within the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum in Odesa, Ukraine, on 19 June 2019. He underlined the importance of involving local authorities and the AUC in the...

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Ukrainian mayors invest in building trust

XV Ukrainian municipal forum 19 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

Put to heads of local government, the question “why do we need openness?” may at first seem simple, but when pursued further, cuts to the heart of key issues facing the ongoing development of open government strategies at the local level in Ukraine. It was with this question that Drago Kos, Chair...

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Ukrainian mayors commit to ensuring equal opportunities

XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum 19 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

"Gender equality entails equal rights for women and men, as well as the same visibility, empowerment, responsibility and participation, in all spheres of public and private life”, stated Marianne Hollinger (Switzerland, ILDG), member of the Congress, during the session “Gender equality for...

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Association of Ukrainian Cities launches the discussion on a mid-term strategy

XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum 18 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

Strategic orientation, vision and main priorities of the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) were discussed by the members of the Management Board as a first step in the elaboration of a mid-term strategy with a view to strengthening the institutional position of the Association. Congress...

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Public ethics: a necessary step for enhanced local democracy

XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum 19 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

During the round-table on “Public ethics to address new local challenges” held within the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum on 19 June 2019 in Odesa, participants discussed public ethics and accountability, as the essential features of good local governance for ensuring the wider public interest,...

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Congress Secretary General and Mayor of Kyiv promote Local Democracy Week in Ukraine

XV Ukrainian municipal forum 19 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

The European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) was presented to the 400 mayors participating in the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum, held in Odesa, Ukraine, on 18-19 June. On this occasion, many participants expressed a strong interest for the initiative aimed at bringing citizens together with their...

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Ukrainian mayors put the spotlight on the sustainability of local self-government reforms

XV Ukrainian municipal forum 18 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

At the occasion of the Day of Dialogue within the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum held in Odesa, Ukraine, from 18 to 20 June 2019, Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer addressed some 400 Ukrainian mayors in a panel discussion on “Reforming local government: expectations of citizens” together...

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XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum: building inclusive, open and transparent societies

XV Ukrainian municipal forum 18 June 2019 Odesa, Ukraine

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe organised, jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) and international partners from the United States and Canada, the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum from 18 to 20 June, in Odesa, Ukraine. It brought together more...

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Open local government: Ukraine’s good practices go global

Co-operation activities 29 to 31 May 2019 Ottawa, Canada

A delegation of Ukrainian local authorities and members of the Association of Ukrainian Cities participated in a study visit to the 6th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Ottawa, Canada, from 29 to 31 May 2019. The objective was to foster the contribution of local authorities to...

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Congress training in Ukraine: Respect for human rights begins in local communities

Co-operation 15-18 April 2019 Kharkiv, Ukraine

The Congress organised a training of trainers on local democracy and human rights, from 15 to 18 April 2019, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The aim was to promote the active participation of young people in civic life as a means of ensuring social cohesion and anchoring democratic principles based on...

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"Local action for Roma safety": an initiative presented to the Ukrainian Parliament

Roma 9 April 2019 Ukrainian Parlement

The initiative "Local Action for Roma Safety" was presented to the Ukrainian Parliament on 9 April 2019 by Iryna SUSLOVA, MP and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination - Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-ethnic Relations. This event was...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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