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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“Women have to overcome significant challenges to win elections in local government”

Secretary General 20 December 2017 Strasbourg, France

Speaking at the brainstorming session on “Women and the reconciliation process in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in Strasbourg on 20 December 2017 organised by the Council of Europe under its Confidence Building Programme, Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER addressed the six women mayors as well...

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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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Seminar in Kyiv: “Engaging citizens in local affairs for greater transparency”

Co-operation 19 December Kyiv, Ukraine

The seminar on “Engaging citizens in local affairs for greater transparency” held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 19-20 December 2017, gathered together mayors, local councillors and young local leaders. This event served as a platform for exchange and dissemination of collaborative ways to enhance the...

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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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Andreas Kiefer addresses the Committee of Ministers: “Local authorities bind our societies together and apply democracy and human rights close to the citizens”

13 December 2017 Strasbourg

“The European model of society is not characterised by vertical hierarchies but has developed over the last decades in the direction of decentralisation. The Council of Europe has a duty to defend this model of society of which we are so justifiably proud” Congress Secretary General Andreas...

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Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina pays a visit to the Congress secretariat

Secretary General 13 December 2017 Strasbourg, France

Possibilities of co-operation in 2018 between the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and Sarajevo where discussed at a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor CRNADAK, and Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER. A...

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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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Andreas KIEFER: “Active associations such as NALAG are the bridges between the Congress and the mayors and councillors”

NALAG 8 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

“Democracy at grassroots level is not static, it demands continuous improvement; it demands constant attention; it simply demands care”, said Andreas KIEFER, Secretary General of the Congress, while extending his congratulations to Georgian mayors and councillors on their success in the elections...

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Herwig VAN STAA: There are no corruption-free zones in Europe”

Fight against corruption 8 December 2017 Tirana, Albania

Herwig VAN STAA (Austria, EPP/CCE), Congress spokesperson on promoting public ethics and preventing corruption at the local and regional levels, addressed the Regional conference on “Corruption-free Cities of the Future”, on 7 December 2017, in Tirana (Albania). “There are no corruption-free...

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Regional conference in Georgia: a shared vision for improved local governance

co-operation 6 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

“We need to make municipalities more transparent and open, basing our work on the principle of participatory democracy. We have the opportunity here to improve our governance, to meet the standards of our citizens and move closer to those of Europe” emphasised Zurab ALAVIDZE, Minister of...

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EU Ambassador Janos Herman: “The Partnership for good governance serves our common goals”

co-operation 6 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

Ambassador Janos HERMAN, the European Union Delegation to Georgia, addressed the participants of the regional conference on ‘Ethics and transparency at local level: strategies and tools’ at the opening on 6 December 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event was organised by the Congress of Local and...

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Andreas Kiefer: “Mayors and councillors are the knots of the net of democracy”

co-operation 6 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

Opening the conference on “Ethics and transparency at local level: strategies and tools”, in Tbilisi, on 6 December 2017, Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer underlined the key elements for a successful local self-government: an adequate legislative framework, mayors and elected...

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Local Initiatives in Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine: Assessment and Sharing of Experiences in Tbilisi

co-operation 5 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

A workshop on "local Initiatives: managing and communicating change", held on 5 December 2017, in Tbilisi (Georgia) brought together Mayors and project co-ordinators that have been implementing local initiatives to strengthen ethical governance in their communities. This event served as a means...

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Situation in the Republic of Moldova and in Turkey, sessions in 2018, 2018 budget and ethical behaviour of members on the agenda of the Congress Bureau in Paris

Bureau 5 December 2017 Paris (France)

The Congress Bureau met in Paris on 4 December for its last meeting in 2017. Following the adoption by the Congress of a report during the October Session, the Bureau members held an exchange of views on the latest developments concerning the situation of Dorin CHIRTOACA, Mayor of Chișinău and...

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Tbilisi: Conference on ethics and transparency at local level: strategies and tools

co-operation 5 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgian version The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe organized a regional conference on 6 - 7 December 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia, which brought together around 100 mayors and local elected representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova,...

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Parliamentary colloquy on regionalisation in Morocco

South-Med 28 November 2017 Rabat, Morocco

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Committee for Home Affairs, Local and Regional Authorities, Housing and Urban Policy of the Moroccan Parliament held a colloquy in Rabat on 28 November 2017 on the theme of “Regionalisation in Morocco: opportunities...

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Jean-Philippe BOZOULS: “A longstanding tradition of co-operation with Morocco”

south-med 28 November 2017 Rabat, Morocco

In his address at the parliamentary colloquy in Rabat on 28 November 2017, Jean-Philippe BOZOULS, Director of the Congress, underlined the longstanding tradition of co-operation between the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Kingdom of Morocco. The joint...

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Leendert VERBEEK : “ The European Charter can serve as a source of inspiration for local self-government in Morocco”

south-med 28 November 2017 Rabat, Morocco

« The Charter of Local Self-Government, which is ratified today by all the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, has the binding force of a treaty and is a key European convention and a major reference tool for local democracy,” underlined Leendert VERBEEK (Netherlands, SOC), Chair of the...

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Xavier Cadoret: “Decentralisation provides the foundation for national stability and sustainable development”

South-med 28 November 2017 Rabat, Morocco

“We firmly believe that the vertical separation of powers between the national, regional and local tiers, through decentralisation, helps to build the foundations for national stability and the basis for sustainable development,” said Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC), Vice-President of the Congress,...

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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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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: "We must no longer accept any form of violence against women”

Presidency 25 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

“2017 has been a year of heightened media attention on sexual abuse of women in many countries. Calls for action such as the #MeToo social media campaign have shown that women are ready to speak out more and more. We, as policy makers, must advocate for genuine cultural change to combat violent...

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City of Rabat announces setting up of a committee for the integration of migrants

27 November 2017 Rabat, Morocco

At the close of the international conference on “Building inclusive communities: integrating migrants, fighting violent extremism, involving citizens” on 22 November 2017, Lahcen Lamrani, First Deputy Mayor of Rabat (Morocco), presented several recommendations aimed at integrating migrants more...

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Tunisia, EU and Council of Europe: assessment of the second phase of the program "Democratic governance in the South of the Mediterranean"

SOUTH-MED 21 November 2017 Tunis, Tunisia

The meeting of the Bilateral Steering Committee of the South II Programme was held on 21 November 2017 in Tunis. It allowed the Tunisian participants and representatives of the European Union and the Council of Europe to take stock of the achievements of the second phase of this programme...

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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”

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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Rabat International Conference: integrating migrants, fighting violent extremism, involving citizens

South-MED 19 November 2017 Rabat, Morocco

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the City of Rabat organised, from 20 to 22 November 2017 in Rabat (Morocco), an international conference entitled " Building an inclusive community: integrating migrants, fighting violent extremism, involving citizens "....

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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 (Norway, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber of...

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

Regional Conference 9 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress took part in the regional Conference on “Misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes: a major challenge for democratic elections” held in London on 9-10 November 2017. The Conference was co-organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council 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 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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Andreas Kiefer shared experiences and practices on citizen participation at local level at a conference in Bolzano

Secretary General 26 October 2017 Bolzano (Italy)

Speaking at the Conference “Governance on the test bench: direct and deliberative democracy in Europe”, organised by EURAC on 26-27 October 2017, in Bolzano (Italy), Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer shared an overview of the Council of Europe’s work in the field of citizen participation....

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Regional diversity: “Rebuild Europe from the regions”

33rd session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

As long-standing partners of the Congress in promoting regional co-operation and democracy, European regional organisations and associations can help bring citizens closer to a Europe from which they often feel far removed. This was made clear in a debate held by the Chamber of Regions on the...

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Congress participates in the meeting of the Bureau of the Euro Mediterranean Local and Regional Assembly

Co-operation 24 October 2017 Brussels, Belgium

Against the background of the devolution process under way in several southern Mediterranean countries, and ahead of the local elections in Tunisia in March 2018, Xavier CADORET, Vice-President of the Congress and alternate Spokesperson on the South-Med Partnership, reported to the Bureau of the...

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Azerbaijan: Congress supports the call from the Parliamentary Assembly in the case of Ilgar Mammadov

Bureau 20 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

At its meeting on 20 October 2017 in Strasbourg, the Bureau of the Congress, informed that the Azerbaijani authorities were failing to abide by the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Ilgar Mammadov, decided to join the initiative taken by the Bureau of the...

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Overcoming the challenges specific to rural areas

33rd Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Congress adopted a recommendation and a resolution on Europe's rural areas on 19 October 2017. Laurent WEHRLI (Switzerland, ILDG) presented the report on "A better future for Europe’s rural areas". The report sets out the key opportunities and challenges facing Europe’s rural areas. To...

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