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Clemens Lammerskitten at the CALRE general Assembly: “Advocating the importance of regionalisation remains one of the main objectives of the Congress”

CALRE 23 October 2015 Milan

Speaking at the opening of the general Assembly of CALRE in Milan on 23 October 2015, the Vice-President of the Congress stressed that “regional autonomy, where it exists, is a strong means of empowering citizens in decisions which are of direct concern for them”. He explained that “in quite a...

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Debate on “Conditions of office of local and regional elected representatives“

29th Session 22 October 2015 Strasbourg

The members of the Congress examined a resolution and a recommendation on “Conditions of office of local and regional elected representatives” on 22 October 2015, during its 29th Session. The report emphasises that elected representatives should have the extent of their duties suitably recognised...

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Fighting the increasing poverty of women: the responsibility of local and regional authorities

29th Session 22 October 2015 Strasbourg

On 21 October 2015 the Congress debated a report on the increasing poverty of women which looks at the responsibility of local and regional authorities and analyses policies under way in the Council of Europe to combat this phenomenon. Presented by Jean-Louis Testud, (France, EPP/CCE), the report...

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Council of Europe Congress adopts declaration on reception of refugees in Europe

29th Session 22 October 2015 Strasbourg

The States of Europe must assume shared responsibility for accommodating refugees on their territory in line with the applicable right to asylum and human dignity. That was the message from the members of the Congress in a declaration adopted on 21 October 2015 in Strasbourg, France. 'This...

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Anne Brasseur: “The refugee and migrant crisis requires a global solution and global solidarity, as well as action at a local level”

29th Session 22 october 2015 Strasbourg

Addressing the Congress Members at the 29th Session, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, highlighted the utmost importance of the Congress work in the refugee and migratory crisis. She recalled the Member states their responsibility in integrating the...

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Jean-Claude Frécon "The Europe Prize : for active municipalities in promoting the European ideal”

Exhibition on the Europe Prize 22 October 2015 Strasbourg

“The Europe Prize reflects progress towards a strong and cohesive Europe for all citizens”, said Jean-Claude Frécon, in his capacity as President of the Congress and Vice-Chair of the Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, at the inauguration of the exhibition on the 60th anniversary of the Europe...

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Polish and Ukrainian Delegations to the Congress: Signature of a Joint Declaration Adoption on co-operation consistent with the values of the European Charter of Local Self-Government

29th Session 22 October 2015 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 29th Session of the Congress, on 21 October 2015 in Strasbourg, France, Dariusz Wrobel, President of the Polish delegation, and Oleksii Reznikov, President of the Ukrainian delegation, have solemnly signed the Joint Declaration adopted at the meeting of the Monitoring...

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Congress adopts a Recommendation on local elections in Republic of Moldova

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Congress debated on 21 October 2015, a Recommendation on the local elections held in Republic of Moldova on 14 June 2015 and observed by a Congress delegation. “These elections took place in a very difficult political and socio-economic environment”stated Line Skoii Vennesland Fraser (Norway,...

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Congress adopts report on trends in regionalisation in Europe

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

On 21 October 2015, the Congress adopted a report on trends in regionalisation in Europe. Presented by Marie-Madeleine Mialot Muller (France, SOC), the report reviews the main trends in regionalisation in the Council of Europe member states between 2007 and 2015. “The strengthening of local and...

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Jean-Claude Frécon: “The Charter creates a single legal area for local self-government in Europe”

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

Inaugurating a photo exhibition devoted to the 30th anniversary of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon reiterated the fundamental role played by this instrument, which creates a single legal area for local self-government in Europe. “11 countries...

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Debate on the report of “New forms of local governance”

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

The members of the Chamber of local authorities of the Congress debated a report and a resolution on “New forms of local governance “at their meeting during 29th Session, on 21 October 2015. The report covers 35 of the Council of Europe 47 Member States. The resolution highlights the new forms of...

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Local democracy in Luxembourg: a model for local self-government

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Congress adopted a recommendation on the situation of local democracy in Luxembourg on 21 October 2015, following a monitoring visit to the country by co-rapporteurs Dorin Chirtoacã (Moldova, EPP/CCE) and Marianne Hollinger (Switzerland, ILDG) from 3 to 5 March 2015. The debate took place in...

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Meeting of the Congress Current Affairs Committee

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Current Affairs Committee met on Tuesday 20 October 2015, in Strasbourg, during the 29th Session of the Congress. Sabine van Dooren (Belgium, ILDG), deputy mayor of Kapellen, was elected as the committee’s 5th Vice-Chair. The agenda items included a debate on begging in urban areas and...

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Congress adopts a Report on local elections in Albania including a resolution and a recommendation

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Congress debated on 21 October, a report, Recommendation on the local elections held in Albania on 21 June 2015. The local elections were the first to be held after the adoption of the territorial-administrative reform in July 2014 and based on changed legislation concerning female...

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Bringing down barriers to youth participation: adopting a lingua franca for local and regional authorities and young people

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Congress adopted a resolution on 20 October 2015 during its 29th Session focusing on the need to create a lingua franca for local and regional authorities and young people. The draft resolution proposes measures to ensure that young citizens and elected representatives have opportunities to...

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Anna Rurka: “Active citizenship must be driven by elected representatives”

29th Session 21 October 2015 Strasbourg

The members of the Congress examined a report and a resolution on “Fostering active citizenship by building partnerships with civil society” on 20 October 2015, during its 29th Session. The report's main focus is on implementation of the “Code of good practice for civil participation in the...

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Igor CRNADAC: “The voice of the younger generation can be enlightening and innovative and bring a most valuable contribution to deliberations”

29th Session 20 October 2015 Strasbourg

Addressing the members of the 29th Plenary Session, Igor Crnadak, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina highlighted the huge efforts and solidarity provided by local authorities in the unprecedented flow of...

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Jean-Claude Frécon: “Our municipalities: key players of crisis management”

Congress President 20 October 2015 Strasbourg

In his communication when opening the 29th Session, the President of the Congress Jean-Claude Frécon reiterated his disgust at the terrorist attacks in Ankara and called on all democrats to unswervingly pursue the combat against such barbaric acts. Presenting an overview of Congress activities...

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Promoting voting at 16 to strengthen young people's participation in political life

29th Session 20 October 2015 Strasbourg

The members of the Congress examined a report on 'Voting at 16 – Consequences on youth participation at local and regional level' at their 29th Session, on 20 October 2015. The resolution adopted emphasises that local and regional elections form a 'test case' and a particularly appropriate...

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Meeting of the Congress Governance Committee

29th Session 20 October 2015 Strasbourg

The members of the Governance Committee of the Congress met in Strasbourg on Tuesday 20 October 2015, during the 29th Congress Session. They elected a new Chair: Marie-Madeleine Mialot Muller (France, SOC), Vice-President of the Centre regional council. 'I am very proud to have been elected and I...

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Congress adopts guidelines on preventing radicalisation and manifestations of hate at the grassroots level

29th Session 20 October 2015 Strasbourg

Prevention and the reintegration of radicalised individuals are the two main focuses of the “Guidelines on preventing radicalisation and manifestations of hate at the grassroots level” adopted by the Congress at its 29th session, on 20 October 2015. “In the face of radicalisation and violent...

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Election of the President of the Governance Committee and two Vice-Presidents

29th Session 20 October 2015 Strasbourg

On 20 October 2015, Marie-Madeleine Mialot Muller (France, SOC) was elected President of the Governance Committee by acclamation, Philippe Leuba (Switzerland, ILDG) was elected 5th Vice-President of the Governance Committee, and Sabine van Dooren (Belgium, ILDG) was elected 5th Vice-President of...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: “The refugee crisis is an opportunity to change things, provided we are well organised”

Refugees 20 October 2015 Strasbourg

“Faced with the sheer scale of the refugee crisis, we may feel helpless, or we may consider it as an opportunity to change things. Don’t forget, in 1956, in the space of a few days, Austria took in 200 000 Hungarians and 150 000 Germans. By 1957, half of these people had found new homes in...

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More than 160 activities organised during the week of the ELDW 2015

ELDW 19 October 2015

From 12 to 18 October, local and regional authorities and their associations across Council of Europe member States were invited to organise activities within the framework of the European Local Democracy Week, a pan-European initiative created for boosting citizen participation at the grassroots...

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Congress Bureau prepares the 29th Session of the Congress

Congress Bureau 19 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Bureau of the Congress, meeting on 19 October on the eve of the 29th session, approved a declaration on “the reception of migrants in Europe” which will be submitted for adoption to the Congress during the debate on this issue scheduled for Wednesday 21 October. The Bureau also exchanged...

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Congress to observe local elections in Ukraine

Elections Observation 19 October 2015 Ukraine

A delegation led by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC), Vice-President of the Congress, will undertake a visit to Ukraine from 22 to 26 October 2015 to observe the local elections scheduled for 25 October. The delegation, consisting of 57 observers from 25 Council of Europe member countries,...

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Congress President calls for enhanced application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government

Congress President Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, on 15 October 2015, the President of the Congress, Jean-Claude Frécon, stated that the goal of the Congress was to pursue the strengthening of the Charter. “Our objective is 100% of the Charter for 100% of...

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Youth delegates participate in the 29th Session of the Congress

Youth delegates 15 October 2015 Strasbourg

Following on from the first two successful “youth sessions” in October 2014 and March 2015, a delegation of young people, aged 16 to 30 from 39 countries, will gather together in Strasbourg to take part in the Congress’ 29th Session and contribute to the plenary and chamber debates. Being...

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Ankara Attacks: the Congress' condolences to the authorities and the people of Turkey

Congress 10 October 2015

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks on Saturday 10 October in Ankara, Jean-Claude Frécon wrote to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey to condemn this barbarity and express his condolences. 'On behalf of all of the members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the...

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The participants of the initiative “Raid della Fratellanza e della Pace 2015” met the Secretary General of the Congress

Secretary General of the Congress 12 October 2015 Strasbourg

Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress welcomed the initiative of Trek for Fraternity and Peace (“Raid della Fratellanza e della Pace 2015”) launched by an honorary member of the Congress, Valerio Prignachi and his team of 6 persons, on 12 October 2015 in Strasbourg. The initiative,...

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ELDW 2015: “Living together in multicultural societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”

ELDW 2015 12 October 2015 Strasbourg

This week (12 - 18 October) more than 130 events and activities are taking place at local level across 23 member States of the Council of Europe to celebrate the 2015 edition of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW). Participating municipalities are organising a wide range of events on this...

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29th Session of the Congress to focus on combating radicalisation, refugees and migrants, youth participation and local and regional democracy in Europe

Session 12 October 2015 Strasbourg

The 29th Session (20th to 22nd of October) will include debates on guidelines for local and regional authorities on preventing radicalisation, on active citizenship by building partnerships with civil society, as well as on the increasing poverty of women and children’s rights in times of...

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The role of local government authorities in the decentralisation reform process in Albania

The role of local authorities 6 October 2015 Albania

The Congress held a consultation meeting, on 6 October 2015 in Tirana, with Albanian mayors on the role of local government authorities in the decentralisation reform process in Albania. Chaired by Juliana Hoxha, Vice-President of the Congress, the meeting has been organised in co-operation with...

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Congress highlights residence requirements at post-electoral conference in Chisinau

Post-electoral conference 5 October 2015 Chisinau

The importance of voters' lists for fair electoral processes was at the center of a post-electoral conference organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Moldovan authorities on 5-6 October 2015 in Chisinau. Amy Koopmanschap (Netherlands, SOC), headed a delegation to observe the...

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Workshop “Mayors – Leaders for change” in Chisinau

Co-operation 5 October 2015 Chisinau

The Congress is organising a workshop “Mayors – Leaders for change” in Chisinau (Moldova) on 5-7 October 2015. It will bring together around 25 selected mayors from different parts of Moldova. Organised within the thematic programme “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance”,...

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A post-monitoring of local and regional democracy was initiated in Armenia

Post-monitoring 2 October 2015 Armenia

A Congress delegation comprising Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG), Congress Rapporteur on local democracy, and Gunn-Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE), Congress Rapporteur on regional democracy, made a post-monitoring visit to Armenia on 1 October 2015. The delegation held talks with Vache...

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Congress delegation completed a pre-electoral mission to Kyiv

Local Elections Observation 1st October 2015 Ukraine

A delegation of the Congress, headed by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, Congress Vice-President (Austria, SOC), made a pre-electoral visit to Ukraine, on 1 October 2015, in view of the upcoming local elections scheduled for 25 October. The main issues discussed with Congress’ interlocutors included: the...

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Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon meets Prime Minister of Serbia

Congress President 1st October 2015 Strasbourg

Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon held an exchange of views with the Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, in Strasbourg on 1 October 2015 on the occasion of the Parliamentary Assembly session. President Frécon presented the work of the Congress and spoke about the next monitoring...

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The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ratifies the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government

Additional Protocol 30 September 2015

On 30 September 2015, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ratified the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority. “This ratification complies with one of the points raised in Recommendation 329...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon meets Council of Ministers Chair Denis Svizdic

Congress President 30 September 2015 Strasbourg

Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon held an exchange of views with the Chair of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Svizdic, in Strasbourg, France, on 30 September 2015 on the occasion of the Parliamentary Assembly session. “Our country, which is currently chairing the...

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Meeting between Jean-Claude Frécon and the Grand-Duke of Luxembourg: “Luxembourg is an example for us all in terms of democracy and integration”

Cogress President 29 September 2015 Strasbourg

Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon met the Grand Duke of Luxembourg on 29 September 2015 on the occasion of the Parliamentary Assembly session. In particular, he mentioned the Grand Duke’s address to the Assembly, especially with regard to the refugee crisis. “You underlined that fear of the...

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Congress supports action to professionalise Albanian electoral administration

Local Elections in Albania 29 September 2015 Albania

Impartiality and professionalism of electoral bodies, improved democratic culture and inclusiveness of electoral reform processes were at the center of a conference co-organised by the Council of Europe and the Albanian authorities further to the local elections held on 21 June 2015. Nigel...

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Jean-Claude Frécon: “In the Congress we have the ability and the determination to activate networks of small, medium-sized and large local authorities to deal with the refugee crisis”

Congress President 29 September 2015 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the debate of the Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg on 29 September, Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, underlined, in a written contribution, the role that small municipalities could play in dealing with the refugee crisis. “The ability of rural communities to...

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Juliana Hoxha: “The Congress co-operation activities are an integral part of the Council of Europe Action plans for member States”

Co-operation 28 September 2015 Tirana

During a stock-taking conference held on 28 September, 2015 in Yerevan, Juliana Hoxha (Albania, SOC), Vice-President of the Congress and Municipal Councillor in Tirana welcomed the activities undertaken by the Congress as part of the Council of Europe’s 'Strengthening local elected...

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Call for online registration to the European Local Democracy Week 2015 (12-18 October)

European Local Democracy Week 2015 28 September 2015 Strasbourg

Since 2007, more than 1000 cities, regions and their associations across the 47 Council of Europe member states have celebrated the European Week of Local Democracy (ELDW) – an annual event created for boosting citizen participation at local and regional level, co-ordinated by the Congress. The...

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Annual meeting of the Group of Independent Experts on the Charter of Local Self-Government

Meeting 25 September 2015 Strasbourg

The Group of Independent Experts on the Charter of Local Self-Government held its annual meeting in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 September 2015, with Prof. Angel-Manuel Moreno Molina (Spain) in chair. The experts discussed several activities under way, including one on the state of local and regional...

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Michalis Angelopoulos: ''Between 14 and 18 August 2015, in only two days, the number of refugees in Greece represented 50% of all refugees from the previous year''

Monitoring Committee 24 September 2015 Warsaw

Michalis Angelopoulos, (Greece, EPP/CCE) Head of Greek Delegation in the Congress and Mayor of Samos Island, was interviewed during the Congress Monitoring Committee Meeting in Warsaw about the Greek Government’s request for communities to provide financial support facing an increasingly...

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Gaye Doganoglu: “The female members of the Congress could give a voice to the whole world on behalf of Syrian mothers and their children”

30th anniversary of the European Charter 24 September 2015 Warsaw

Answering a question about the plight of refugees in Turkey, Gaye Doganoglu (Turkey, EPP/CCE), Congress Vice-President and Member of the Municipal Council of Konyaalti/Antalya said that this global issue should be solved by a joint effort of all countries concerned. “For the last two years more...

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Andreas Kiefer : “National associations of local and regional elected representatives are an essential link in the chain of local and regional democracy”

Congress Secretary General 24 September 2015 Vienna

At the symposium to mark the 100th anniversary of the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns held in Vienna on 23 September 2015, the Secretary General of the Congress underlined the crucial role played by national associations of local and regional authorities in representing and defending the...

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Nataliya Romanova: 'The upcoming local elections in Ukraine could be considered as a test of Ukraine’s readiness for change'

Ukraine 24 September 2015 Strasbourg

Speaking in an interview about concrete examples of cooperation between the Ukrainian and the Polish delegations, Nataliya Romanova (Ukraine, ILDG), Vice-President of the Congress and Councillor of the Chernigiv District, said that the positive decentralisation experience in Poland was very...

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