Congress involves in the training of local representatives in Tunisia

SOUTH-MED 18 November 2017 Tunis, Tunisia

The Congress organised in cooperation with the Centre of Training and Support to Decentralisation (CFAD), a training of trainers on the management of municipal conflicts in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2017. While Tunisia is preparing to hold its first municipal elections since the Revolution,...

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Nawel RAFIK-ELMRINI: "When we speak about citizens at the local level, we are speaking about all residents, including migrants"

SOUTH-MED 20 November 2017 Rabat, Morocco

"As residents, migrants must be able to fully participate in the life of their host community and contribute to its development. This contribution is hindered if migrants are excluded from the life of the community, either by their legal status not allowing their involvement at the local level,...

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Congress President at Conference on Urban security policies: “we must guard against erosion of human rights in the name of improving security”

headline Presidency 17 November 2017 Barcelona, Spain

The President of the Congress Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM took part in the Conference on “Security, Democracy & Cities: Coproducing Urban security policies” organised by the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS) in Barcelona, from 15 to 17 November 2017. During Panel 2, on “the commitment of local...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: “Cities and regions are at the forefront of children’s rights-based policy implementation”

Presidency 17 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

“All children have the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. Yet thousands of children in and around Europe, are suffering harsh conditions, violence and abuse as they try to find refuge from war or poverty,” stated Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM on the eve of the European Day on...

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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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Congress President addressing the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers: “The Congress is determined to contribute to the defense of the common values of the Council of Europe”

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 15 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

During the ceremony of transfer of the Chairmanship from the Czech Republic to Denmark in the Committee of Ministers, which took place on 15 November 2017, the President of the Congress Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM thanked the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir ZAORALEK - for the openness, the cooperation...

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Barcelona: mayors and local and regional elected representatives from 18 European countries commit to co-ordinated strategies against violent extremism

Summit of Mayors 15 November 2017 Barcelona, Spain

Meeting at the 3rd Summit of Mayors for the Alliance of European Cities against Violent Extremism in Barcelona, Spain, on 15 November 2017, 55 mayors and deputy mayors from 18 European countries adopted a declaration stressing the need to implement co-ordinated strategies at local and regional...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM expresses support to Armenian authorities in their commitment to strengthening local autonomy

Presidency 12 November 2017 Armenia

The President of the Congress paid an official visit to Armenia from 8 to 12 November 2017. During her meetings with representatives of the government including Prime Minister Karen KARAPETYAN, Chief of Staff of the presidential administration Armen GEVORGYAN, Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs...

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Ukrainian local leaders discuss populism in Strasbourg

Co-operation 10 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

Ten local leaders from Ukraine (local councillors and young activists) attended the 2017 World Forum for Democracy “Is populism a problem?”, held in Strasbourg from 8 to 10 November. They reflected on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism, identifying civic...

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Congress President welcomes the development of local self-government in Armenia

Presidency 10 November 2017 Yerevan, Armenia

“Not many countries celebrate local self-government as a National Day. By doing so, and by launching an open discussion on decentralisation, Armenia demonstrates its commitment to bringing democracy to its local communities,” stressed Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, President of the Congress at the...

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Congress Secretary General addresses CALRE General Assembly

CALRE 10 November 2017 Seville, Spain

Addressing the 2017 General Assembly of the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE), in Seville, Spain, on 9 November 2017, Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER welcomed the good co-operation between CALRE and the Congress. He highlighted the key role played by the...

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Congress Vice-President Xavier CADORET signs Pledge on political representation of Roma women

Alliance 6 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

At the Sixth International Roma Women Conference on the topic of “Women and Political Representation: The Case of Roma and Traveller Women” which took place at the Council of Europe on 6 and 7 November, Mr Xavier CADORET, Congress Vice-President, delivered a speech together with Mr Thorbjørn...

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Corruption and populism: what role for citizens?

WFD 9 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

LAB8 at the World Forum for Democracy on the link between corruption and populism highlighted the role of citizen watchdogs in combating these two ills. For instance, the Vouliwatch project in Greece has developed an interactive online monitoring platform aimed at facilitating citizen control...

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Andreas KIEFER: “Regions are the bridge between Europe and its citizens”

CALRE 10 November 2017 Seville, Spain

“Due to their proximity to the citizens on a daily basis, the regions have the opportunity and the obligation to communicate about the need to cooperate at European level in order to maintain democracy and human rights as well as prosperity and unity in diversity”, stressed Andreas KIEFER,...

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Gunn Marit HELGESEN: “Hybrid democracy offers new prospects and encourages us to make use of new technologies”

WFD 9 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

“Is hybrid democracy more inclusive?” was the key question in the laboratory of ideas (LAB), sponsored by the Congress and held in Strasbourg on 9 November 2017, at the World Forum for Democracy. This LAB, which was chaired by Gunn Marit HELGESEN (Sweden, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber of...

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Forum for Local Democracy in Armenia to be opened by Congress President

Co-operation 8 November 2017 Yerevan, Armenia

The Forum for Local Democracy in Armenia will be held on 10 November 2017 in Yerevan, on the topic “Outlook for the Future: a new Agenda for Decentralisation”. It is being organised jointly by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development and the Communities Association of Armenia...

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Barcelona: 3rd Summit of Mayors for the Alliance of European Cities against Violent Extremism

Summit of Mayors 8 November 2017 Barcelona, Spain

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the City of Barcelona and the European Forum for Urban Security, in co-operation with the Generalitat of Catalonia, are holding a Summit of Mayors for the Alliance of European Cities against Violent Extremism in Barcelona,...

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World Forum for Democracy 2017 – Is Populism a Problem?

WFD 7 November 2017 Strasbourg, france

The Congress will sponsor two “labs” during the World Forum for Democracy, focusing on the question “Is Populism a Problem?”, to be held in Strasbourg from 8 to 10 November. Gunn Marit HELGESEN (Norway, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber of Regions, will moderate the Lab entitled “Is hybrid...

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Congress to participate in London regional Conference on the misuse of the administrative resources during electoral processes

Regional Conference 6 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress will take part in the regional Conference on “Misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes: a major challenge for democratic elections” to be held in London on 9-10 November 2017. The Conference is co-organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the...

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Congress President holds exchange of views with Committee of Ministers: “We do not want exemplary devolution at the price of a fragmented Europe”

Committee of Ministers 25 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM (Austria, SOC) held an exchange of views with the Ministers’ Deputies in Strasbourg on 25 October 2017. She mentioned the activities of the Congress during its 33rd session, from 18 to 20 October, in particular the debate on the situation in Catalonia,...

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