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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Ukrainian local councillors provide input to upcoming legislation on their status

16 March 2017 Lviv

“Meet peers, exchange views with your community members, and share experiences - this is essential for sustainable democracy” underlined Robert Zeman, member of the Congress (Czech Republic, EPP/CCE) during a three-day workshop which gathered together 27 local councillors from the Lviv,...

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Eastern Partnership: the Community of practice proposes targeted actions to enhance local governance

Cooperation 2 March 2017 Strasbourg

The challenges faced by amalgamated municipalities in bringing public services closer to the citizens and developing institutional instruments of direct democracy, were discussed at the 3rd meeting of the Community of practice on local democracy, facilitated by the Congress. Held on 2 March 2017,...

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Mayors of Southern Ukraine ready to launch new initiatives on local democracy

cooperation 17 February 2017 Strasbourg

28 mayors from four regions in Eastern Ukraine (Odessa, Kherson, Mylokaiv and Zaporizhjya) took part in a two-day workshop “Mayors, Leaders for Change”. They exchanged on recent legislative changes related to the decentralisation reform and the amalgamation process in Ukraine, as well as on...

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Ukraine: “The Congress encourages further implementation of the principle of subsidiarity in the country”, stated Andreas Kiefer

Secretary General 2 February 2017 Strasbourg

“Decentralisation cannot be achieved only through legislation, or through administrative and territorial reforms. It needs continuous political support and endorsement by, and empowerment of, all stakeholders, including local authorities and citizens, which leads to a change of culture and...

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Mayors of Eastern Ukraine exchange on local democracy

1 February 2017 Kharkiv

25 mayors from four regions in Eastern Ukraine (Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Luhansk) shared their experience in the framework of a two-day workshop “Mayors, Leaders for Change”. They discussed the challenges of being a mayor, ethical behaviour and conflicts of interest, as well as new ways...

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

cooperation 31 January 2017 Paris

The High Level Group of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Congress of the Council of Europe met on 31 January 2017 in Paris. This meeting is part of the broader context of cooperation between the two bodies and aims to define thematic priorities to be implemented in 2017....

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Ukrainian young local leaders driving change

Cooperation 11 February 2016 Kyiv (Ukraine)

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising a regional seminar for young local leaders in Kyiv (Ukraine) from 9 to 11 February 2016. This event is part of a series of seminars aimed at spreading a culture of democracy by raising awareness on local and...

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Local councillors in Ukraine advocate changes in favor of modern democratic behaviour at local level

Cooperation 9 December 2016 Kyiv

25 Ukrainian local councillors, mostly in their first electoral mandate, met in Kyiv to discuss the implementation of the principles of the European Charter on Local Self-Government in Ukraine, to improve their understanding of the local democracy tools and mechanisms. They strongly expressed...

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Ukrainian young local leaders inspired by German Mayors to build enhanced local governance

Cooperation 7 to 10 November 2016 Ukraine

A study visit Strasbourg (France) and to Kappelrodeck (Germany) was organised by the Congress for twenty young local leaders from Ukraine, from 7 to 10 November 2016, as a follow-up to a series of regional seminars on local and regional democracy. These activities are implemented within the...

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Ukrainian mayors engage with citizens

cooperation 6 October 2016 Lviv

“Whether in old or new local democracies, in cities or villages, every mayor is looking for opportunities to increase democracy. We can truly make a difference!” stressed Aat B.L. De Jonge, Mayor of Dronten in the Netherlands, on 6 October 2016 in Lviv (Ukraine), to the participants of a two-day...

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