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Congress Greeting cards 2015

Greeting cards 23 December 2014 Strasbourg

The Congress Season's Greetings 2015 e-card is available online. You can add a personal message and send it to your contacts by e-mail. Download the greeting card 2015

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Congress Greeting cards 2015

Gretting cards 23 December 2014 Strasbourg

The Congress Season's Greetings 2015 e-card is available online. You can add a personal message and send it to your contacts by e-mail. Download the greeting card 2015

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EU Conference: Andreas Kiefer presents Congress activities in promoting human rights at the grassroots

EU Conference 17 December 2014 Brussels

On Wednesday 17 December 2014, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová opened the first ever stocktaking conference on the application of Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Director General Philippe Boillat (CoE DG on Human Rights and Rule of Law) presented the Council of Europe...

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Jean-Claude Frécon elected President of the Congress

14 October 2014 Strasbourg (France)

The members of the Congress, meeting at the 27th Session, elected Jean-Claude Frécon (France, SOC) by acclamation as President for a two-year term of office. ''I believe that, through the political dialogue it has established with governments and, here in Strasbourg, with the Committee of...

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Emperor Maximilian Prize awarded to Herwig Van Staa

Emperor Maximilian Prize 08 April 2014 Strasbourg

The 2014 Emperor Maximilian Prize has been awarded to Herwig VAN STAA (Austria, EPP/CCE), President of the Congress, for his outstanding work to promote local and regional democracy, and more specifically transborder and inter-regional co-operation, multi-level governance and regional...

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Seminar 'Deepening democracy with e-media'

e-media 23 March 2014 Strasbourg

A Seminar entitled 'Deepening democracy with e-media' will be held on Thursday, 27 March in the afternoon. It will be structured around three debates on “Open Data for transparency in local government ', 'Web applications for voters' and “Combining on-line and off-line local democracy.' The...

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Congress delegation welcomes the transparency of the organisation of local elections in the Netherlands

election 20 March 2014 Netherlands

A delegation of 13 members of the Congress from 12 European countries, observed the local elections in the Netherlands on 19 March 2014, at the invitation of the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs. Pearl Pedergnana (Switzerland, L, SOC), Head of delegation and Rapporteur, presented the preliminary...

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Declaration by Congress President on proposed Crimean Referendum

President 7 March 2014 Strasbourg

Reacting to the announcement of a referendum in the Crimea on 16 March on whether it should join the Russian Federation, Congress president Herwig van Staa declared: “I cannot but deplore this initiative. To hold a referendum, at such short notice, using closed questions, without consultation...

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Congress President meets with President of CALRE

CALRE 7 March 2014 Athens

Congress President Herwig van Staa (Austria, PPE/CCE) and Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress met with Pilar Rojo Noguera and Xosé Sarmiento Méndez respectively President and Secretary General of the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) in Athens on 7 March...

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Congress delegation heading to Portugal for a post-monitoring visit

montoring 3 March 2014 Portugal

The Congress carried out a post-monitoring visit to Portugal on 4 March 2014. Congress Rapporteur Jos Wienen (The Netherlands, EPP/CCE) examined the follow-up to the Recommendation 323 (2012) on local and regional democracy in this country. The aim of Congress post-monitoring activity is to...

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Herwig van Staa: ''We must work to embed a culture of decentralised democracy in European governance''

local democracy 27 February 2014 Innsbruck

''Today, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we must continue to reassert ourselves as equal partners of national governments in an emergent system of multi-level governance,'' stated Herwig van Staa, at the Conference on ''20 years of the Congress and the Committee of the Regions'', in...

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Andreas Kiefer: ''20 years on, we need visionary politicians to lead us forward''

Secretary General 26 February 2014 Innsbruck

“The Congress and the EU Committee of the Regions were created to give a voice to local and regional representatives in the European construction,” underlined Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer at the Conference on “20 years of the Congress and the Committee of the Regions”, in Innsbruck,...

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“Come and support your European Cultural Route” exhibition opens at European Parliament

culture 26 February 2014 Strasbourg

“European Cultural routes offer great potential for local and regional authorities to develop and use their specific heritage along the cultural routes for economic and touristic initiatives,” stated Andreas Kiefer, Congress Secretary General when attending the inauguration of the “Come and...

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Ukraine: CKY President visits Congress

cooperation 25 February 2014 Strasbourg

Les perspectives de coopération entre le Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux et le Congrès mondial ukrainien (CMU) ont fait l’objet de discussions entre le Secrétaire général du Congrès, Andreas Kiefer, et le président du CMU, Eugene Czolij, le 24 février à Strasbourg. Le Congrès mondial...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: New forms of participation to promote activism, foster tolerance and revitalise politics

society 24 February 2014 Salzbourg

“In the past years we have seen significant demographic, social and economic changes. Today, we see a polarisation with political apathy and cynicism on the one hand and powerful protest movements on the other”, said Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, Vice-President of the Regional Council of Salzburg and...

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Le Congrès observera les élections municipales aux Pays-Bas en mars

election 21 février 2014 Amsterdam

Suite à l'invitation du Ministre des Affaires étrangères hollandais, une délégation du Congrès se rendra aux Pays-Bas pour observer les élections municipales prévues le 19 mars 2014. La délégation du Congrès - menée par Pearl Pedergnana, (Suisse, SOC) est composée de 11 membres du Congrès de 11...

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Congress to debate the situation in Ukraine at its next session

monitoring 21 February 2014 Nicosia

At its meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 19 February 2014 the Monitoring Committee of the Congress expressed its grave concern at the escalation of violence in Ukraine. In a draft resolution to be debated during the Congress's next session from 25 to 27 March 2014 (subject to approval by the...

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Congress delegation meets representatives of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus

monitoring 21 February 2014 Nicosia

On the occasion of the meeting of the Congress Monitoring Committee in Nicosia, Cyprus, a delegation composed of the Monitoring Committee's Chair, Lars O. Molin (Sweden, EPP/CCE) and Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, accompanied by Alexis Galanos, Chair of the Association of...

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La délégation du Congrès rencontre des représentants du Ministère de l'Intérieur chypriote

monitoring 21 février 2014 Nicosie

Dans le cadre de la réunion de la Commission de suivi du Congrès à Nicosie, Chypre, une délégation composée du président de la Commission de suivi, Lars O. Molin (Suède, PPE/CCE) et Andreas Kiefer, Secrétaire Général du Congrès, accompagnée par Alexis Galanos , Président de l'Association des...

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Situation in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea the focal point of Congress session debates

session 19 March 2014 Strasbourg

The 26th Session of the Congress, held from 25 to 27 March 2014 in Strasbourg, France, will include several debates on the themes of youth, human rights, as well as on the situation of local and regional democracy in Europe, in particular in Armenia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and...

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