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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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