34th Session: rights-based governance at local and regional level

34th Session 22 December 2017 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg, France, from 27 to 29 March 2018 for their 34th Session.

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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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“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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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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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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The Congress concludes an Electoral Assessment Mission to Georgia

Election observation 23 October 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, 23 October 2017 – Yesterday, an Electoral Assessment Mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has been concluded by a joint press conference with OSCE/ODIHR in Tbilisi (Georgia). The Delegation was composed of the two Thematic Spokespersons of...

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Marc COOLS: “The ELDW, an added value when promoting local democracy”

33rd session 20 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

During its 33rd session, on 20 October, the Congress adopted a resolution on 10 years of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW). “The ELDW represents added value when promoting and building local democracy,” said Marc COOLS (Belgium, ILDG). The draft resolution envisages setting up a reflection...

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Moldova: Council of Europe's Congress examines the Chișinău mayor's suspension

33rd Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe examined the report presented on 19 October 2017 by Gunn Marit HELGESEN (Sweden EPP/CCE) concerning the situation of Dorin CHIRTOACA, Mayor of Chișinău and Vice-president of the Congress. Ms HELGESEN had visited Chișinău in...

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How to increase the participation of women in political life at regional level ?

33rd Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

Despite numerous measures designed to encourage the participation of women in local and regional political life, they are still under-represented in many countries. A debate on Thursday 19 October in the Chamber of Regions examined ways of improving the representation of women in the member...

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33rd Session of the Congress : unaccompanied refugee minors, local and regional democracy, situation in Catalonia and fight against corruption amongst the highlights

33rd session 18-20 October 2017 strasbourg

Congress members met, from 18 to 20 October 2017, in Strasbourg, at their 33rd session, chaired by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström. They heard the testimonies of young refugees and examined the integration of child migrants. The agenda also included a topical debate on the situation in Catalonia (Spain)...

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Situation in Catalonia: Congress calls for dialogue and compliance with the rule of law

33rd session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

On 19 October 2017, during its 33rd Session in Strasbourg (France), the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a current affairs debate on the situation in Catalonia (Spain). The President of the Congress, Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, introduced the debate, pointing...

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Local and regional democracy in Switzerland

33rd session 20 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

In the course of its 33rd Session, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on local and regional democracy in Switzerland, following a monitoring visit to Bern, Zurich and Oetwil an der Limmat by the rapporteurs Marc COOLS (Belgium, ILDG)...

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Congress concludes an Electoral Assessment Mission to Georgia

Elections observation 20 October 2017 Georgia

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carryied out an Electoral Assessment Mission to Georgia from 20 to 22 October 2017, to monitor the local elections held on Saturday 21 October. The delegation, composed of the Thematic Spokespersons on...

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40 youth delegates participate in the 33rd Session of the Congress

33rd session 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

40 young people, aged 16 to 30, from 40 Council of Europe member States, came for their second time as youth delegates to the Congress’ 33rd Session in Strasbourg, France. This time, they presented the projects they worked on over the last few months and took again active part in the session...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Council of Europe's Congress examines the situation in Mostar

33rd Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress organised a round table on the situation in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the light of an information report presented by Congress rapporteur Stewart DICKSON (United Kingdom, ILDG), on 19 October 2017. Several experts spoke during the debate,...

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Testimonies and debate on reception of unaccompanied migrant children in European towns

33rd session 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

On 18 October 2017, during its 33rd Session, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a debate on the reception of unaccompanied child migrants in European towns. Yoomi RENSTRÖM (Sweden, SOC) commented that, while this year's statistics showed a fall in the...

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10 years of the Dosta!/Congress Prize

33rd session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

Three cities were honoured during an award ceremony for the 6th edition of the Dosta!/Congress Prize which coincided with the celebration of the 10th anniversary, on the occasion of the Congress 33rd Session. The prize, which is awarded to municipalities every two years for their commitment to...

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Congress presents recommendation on the local elections in Finland

33rd session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Report and Recommendation further to the observation of the local elections held in Finland on 9 April this year were discussed and adopted on 19 October at the 33rd Plenary Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The elections took place in the...

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Anders KNAPE: “It is our responsibility to safeguard and to defend the rights of our citizens”

Chamber of Local Authorities 19 October 2017 strasbourg, France

President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, Anders KNAPE (SWEDEN, PPE/CCE-EPP/CCE), addressed Congress members at the opening of the 33rd Session of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, on 19 October 2017, in Strasbourg. Reporting on his recent participation in the plenary of the...

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Gunn Marit Helgesen: “Regions are the driving force for integrating diversity”

Chamber of Regions 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

“Regions are a bridge between central power and local communities, between national authorities and citizens,” stressed Gunn Marit HELGESEN (Norway, EPP/CCE), President of the Congress Chamber of Regions, opening the Chamber’s 33rd Session in Strasbourg on 19 October 2017. In her communication to...

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Congress adopts Information Report on Yerevan elections

Elections 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress debated today an Information Report on the elections to the Council of Elders of the City of Yerevan (Armenia) held on 14 May. They were the first local elections organised under the 2016 Electoral Code that established new regulations such as the...

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Belgium: Congress of the Council of Europe adopts report on local democracy in a context of linguistic diversity in the municipalities with language facilities

linguistic diversity 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

On 19 October 2017, in Strasbourg, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe examined a report on the functioning of the organs of local democracy in a context of linguistic diversity in the “communes with facilities” in the Flemish region around Brussels (Belgium)....

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Debate on linguistic diversity in Europe

33rd Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Chamber of Regions held a debate on linguistic diversity in Europe, on 19 October 2017, in Strasbourg. Lelia HUNZIKER (Switzerland, SOC) and Anna MAGYAR (Hungary, EPP-CCE) presented their report on the regional and minority languages in Europe today, underlining the importance of measures to...

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Local and regional democracy in Italy

local and regional democracy 18 October 2017 Italy

The Congress adopted a report and a recommendation on local and regional democracy in Italy on 18 October 2017, following a monitoring visit to the country in March 2017 by the co-rapporteurs Jakob WIENEN (Netherlands, EPP/CCE) and Stewart DICKSON (United Kingdom, ILDG). The Congress invites the...

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Meeting of the Congress Governance Committee

Governance Committee 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Governance Committee of the Congress met in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18 October 2017, on the fringe of the 33rd Congress Session. In the framework of the Congress’ Roadmap of activities for preventing corruption and promoting public ethics at local and regional levels, the...

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Meeting of the Congress Monitoring Committee

Monitoring Committe 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress met on Wednesday 18 October 2017 in Strasbourg, during the 33rd Session of the Congress. They elected Stewart DICKSON (United Kingdom, ILDG), member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, as the Committee's 5th vice-chair. The Committee examined...

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Local and regional democracy in Serbia

Local and regional democracy 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

On 18 October, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, holding its 33th Session in Strasbourg (France), adopted a recommendation on local and regional democracy in Serbia following a monitoring visit to the country from 28 February to 2 March 2017. The Congress...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: “Member states have a duty to ensure Council of Europe principles are respected”

CoE Secretary General 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

On 18 October 2017, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn JAGLAND, addressed Congress members during their 33rd Session in Strasbourg, France. “Our Organisation, which covers the European continent from the Atlantic to Vladivostok, promotes fundamental standards, particularly...

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Meeting of the Congress Current Affairs Committee

Current Affairs Committee 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Current Affairs Committee met in Strasbourg, France, on 18 October 2017, during the 33rd Session of the Congress. They adopted a report on unaccompanied refugee children and the role of local authorities, prepared by Nawel Rafik Elmrini (France, SOC), and a report on border...

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Congress co-operation activities: over 1,000 local elected representatives involved

Cooperation activities 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The activities implemented by the Congress to strengthen local elected representatives’ institutional and leadership capacities were the focus for discussions during the meeting organised on 16 October 2017 with representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: "In the Congress we are committed to a Europe of solidarity"

President 18 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

Speaking at the opening of the 33rd Congress Session, in Strasbourg, France, on 18 October 2017, Congress President Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, pointed out that the European construction has enabled historic advances over the last sixty years. "We do not want to abandon these advances and each and...

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Petr MLSNA: “Supporting local and regional democracy is a top priority of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers”

Czech Chairmanship 18 October 2017 Strasbourg. France

Deputy Minister for Legislation and Archiving, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, Petr MLSNA, presented the key priorities of the Czech Chairmanship during the 33rd Congress Session in Strasbourg, on 18 October 2017. Among them, Mr MLSNA pointed out the importance of supporting...

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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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Meeting of the Bureau of the Congress in Strasbourg

bureau 17 October 2017 strasbourg, France

The Bureau of the Congress met in Strasbourg on 17 October 2017, on the day before the 33rd session of the Congress and approved the session agenda. In particular, the Bureau decided to hold a current affairs debate on the situation in Catalonia (Spain), which will take place on the afternoon of...

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Congress concludes mission to observe local elections held in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

elections 16 october 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

16 October 2017 - At a joint press conference with OSCE/ODIHR in Skopje, preliminary findings were presented further to the international observation of the municipal elections held in 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia' on Sunday, 15 October. The Congress - who joined efforts in this...

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Strasbourg Citizens’ Summit: “Involving citizens in decision-making is essential for our democracies,” says Andreas Kiefer

Citizens' Summit 14 October 2017 strasbourg, france

“The Congress is convinced that citizen participation in public decision-making is essential for the effective functioning of democratic institutions. It is one of the key principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the 47 member states of the Council of Europe,” said...

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33rd Session of the Council of Europe Congress : unaccompanied refugee minors, local and regional democracy, situation in Catalonia and fight against corruption amongst the highlights

33rd Session 13 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities met, from 18 to 20 October 2017, in Strasbourg, France, at their 33rd session chaired by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, under this year’s heading of “Decentralised policies for the successful integration of migrants”. At this session, they...

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Herwig van Staa: “We have greater impact in preventing corruption when we work together”

European Week of Regions and Cities 12 October 2017 Brussels

On the occasion of the European Week of Regions and Cities, Herwig van Staa (EPP/CCE, Austria), Congress spokesperson on promoting public ethics and preventing corruption at the local and regional levels, addressed the regional and local policy makers, European associations, academics and...

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Congress’ delegation observed local elections in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

elections 12-16 October 2017 Macedonia

A delegation of the Congress is carrying out a visit to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” from 12 to 16 October 2017, to observe the local elections scheduled for 15 October. Headed by Congress’ Rapporteur Mr Karim Van Overmeire (Belgium), the delegation joined efforts with the...

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European Local Democracy Week: 10 years promoting citizens' participation in Europe

European Local Democracy Week 6 October 2017 strasbourg

The 2017 edition of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), which marks the 10th anniversary of this initiative, will take place from 9 to 15 October 2017 – the official week of the ELDW – and also during the entire month of October. Towns and cities in the 47 member states of the Council of...

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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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Statement on the Catalan referendum by Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström

referendum 2 october 2017 strasbourg

Asked by the news agency ANSA for her opinion on the Catalan referendum, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström said: “I regret the violence that marked Sunday in Catalonia, nevertheless, the decision of the Catalan regional authorities to carry out an illegal referendum was already fraught...

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Xavier Cadoret: “There is no real local self-government without decentralisation of competences and finances”

Code of local authorities 30 September 2017 Tunis

“There can be no real decentralisation without the transfer of competences and relevant financial and human resources to the local level”, stressed Congress Vice-President Xavier CADORET at the opening of a workshop on the draft Code of local authorities, in Tunis on 30 September 2017.This...

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Congress Vice-President Xavier CADORET meets Tunisian Secretary of State Sabri BACHTOBJI

Cooperation 28 September 2017 Tunis

During his visit to Tunis for a workshop on the draft Code of local authorities, Xavier CADORET, Congress Vice-President and alternate Spokesperson on the South-Med Partnership, and Jean-Philippe BOZOULS, Congress Director, met on 28 September Sabri BACHTOBJI, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs....

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Moldovan mayors: peer review for sustainable approaches to local democracy

Partnership 29 September 2017 Moldova

Acting as “leaders for change”, mayors of Budesti, Costesti and Palanca shared the results of the local initiatives on ethical governance and transparency scheme supported by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, with fellow mayors from the Stefan Voda district. The exchanges served as...

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Barbara TOCE addresses Cultural Routes Annual Forum

Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe 27 September 2017 Lucca, Italy

On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme, Barbara TOCE (Italy, SOC), Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, addressed the high-level representatives from ministries of culture and tourism...

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Tunisia: International Conference on the participation of women and workshop on the draft Local Government Code

women in local politics 26-27 September 2017 Tunis

The Congress is holding two events in Tunis, one on the participation of women in local politics and the other on the draft Local Government Code. An international conference is to be held jointly by the Tunisian Ministry of Women, Family Affairs and Childhood and Ministry of Local Affairs and...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström : “The historic changes in Tunisia offer great opportunities for democratic transformation and women’s participation”

Gender equality 26 September 2017 Tunis

Speaking at the opening of the Conference on 'Women and Local Government' in Tunis on 26 September, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström welcomed 'the deep changes that have taken place in Tunisia since 2011 and the historic opportunities they open up, particularly with regard to the...

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Inger LINGE: The glass ceiling for women will only be gradually taken down

Gender equality 26 September 2017 Tunis

The Congress’s Spokesperson on Gender Equality, Inger LINGE (Sweden, EPP/CCE), took part in the Conference on 'Women and local government' in Tunis on 26 September 2017. She presented the international legal framework supporting the political participation of women at local level and the Council...

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Congress Bureau meeting: Exchange of views with the Chair of the Committee of Ministers rapporteur group on democracy

Committee of Ministers 15 September 2017 Paris, France

During its meeting on 15 September in Paris, the Bureau of the Congress held an exchange of views with Ambassador Laima Jurevičienė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the Council of Europe and current Chair of the GR-Dem (Committee of Ministers rapporteur group on democracy). The...

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Meeting of the Congress Bureau in Paris

Bureau 15 September 2017 Paris, France

The Congress Bureau met in Paris on 15 September 2017 to discuss the situation of local and regional democracy in several countries, in particular Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, and Armenia. It also held an exchange of views with Laima Jureviciene, Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM)...

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Herwig van Staa: “Fighting corruption needs to remain a long-term priority for local and regional governments and their associations”

Committee of ethics 14 September 2017 Oslo, Norway

Herwig van Staa, Congress spokesperson on promoting public ethics and preventing corruption at the local and regional levels, addressed the Committee of ethics of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), in Oslo, Norway, on 14 September 2017. “Corruption poses a major...

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Sevdia Ugrekhelidze: a stronger local dimension ahead of the Eastern Partnership Summit

Eastern Partnership 12 September 2017 Brussels

The need to push forward the local dimension in the future efforts within the Eastern Partnership countries was stressed by Sevdia UGREKHELIDZE (Georgia, EPP/CCE), Vice President of the Congress – a permanent observer of CORLEAP - during its 7th Annual meeting, on 12 September 2017 in Brussels....

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to Latvia

Monitoring 12 September 2017 Latvia

A delegation from the Congress carried out a monitoring visit to Latvia from 12 to 14 September 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Mr Xavier CADORET (France, SOC) and Mr Marc COOLS (Belgium, ILDG), examined the situation on local democracy in the light of the provisions of the European...

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Migration, children’s right and gender equality : Gabriele NEFF presents Congress activities to the Special Permanent Committee of the Regions of the Hellenic Parliament

Current Affairs Committee 31 August 2017 Athens, Greece

Gabriele NEFF, Chair of the Congress Current Affairs Committee, addressed the Special Permanent Committee of the Regions of the Hellenic Parliament, on 31 August 2017, in Athens, Greece. She highlighted the recent Congress report “From reception to integration: the role of local and regional...

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Andreas Kiefer: “Fiscal autonomy and intergovernmental coordination in decentralization need structures and capacities”

SG 31 August 2017 Washington D.C.

At the occasion of the first Forum of the Decentralization and Subnational Fiscal Management Network of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Washington D.C, from 31 August to 1st September, Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer shared the findings of the Congress in Monitoring activities,...

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Greek municipalities and regions together in support of the “1 in 5” Pact of the Congress

ONEinFIVE 31 August 2017 Athens

the wake of her visit in Athens and the exchange of views with members of the Special Permanent Committee of the Regions of the Hellenic Parliament on 31 August, the Chair of the Congress Current Affairs Committee, Gabriele NEFF, held talks, on Friday, 1 September, with the President of the...

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Greece: The Region of Attica and the City of Nikaia-Rentis sign the Pact of Cities and Regions to stop sexual abuse against children

Pact of Cities and Regions 31 August 2017 Greece

The Pact of Cities and Regions to stop sexual abuse against children was signed in Athens, Greece, on 31 August 2017, by Irena DOUROU, Governor of the Region of Attica, and George IOAKEIMIDIS, Mayor of Nikaia-Rentis, in the presence of Gabriele Neff, Chair of the Current Affairs Committee of the...

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Republic of Moldova: the President of the Chamber of Regions met Dorin Chirtoaca

Monitoring 30 August 2017 Chisinau

After the Mayor of Chisinau was placed under house arrest, Congress bureau invited the Chair of the Chamber of Regions Gunn Marit HELGESEN to organise a visit to Dorin CHIRTOACA, on Wednesday 30 August 2017. They held an exchange of views on the situation of the Mayor, currently under house...

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Migration, children’s right and gender equality : Gabriele NEFF presents Congress activities to the Special Permanent Committee of the Regions of the Hellenic Parliament

Current Affairs 31 August 2017 Greece

Gabriele NEFF (Germany, ILDG), Chair of the Congress Current Affairs Committee, addressed the Special Permanent Committee of the Regions of the Hellenic Parliament, on 31 August 2017, in Athens, Greece. She highlighted the recent Congress report “From reception to integration: the role of local...

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Greece: visit by Chair of Congress Current Affairs Committee

Current Affairs Committee 28 August 2017 Strasbourg, France

At the invitation of the Greek Parliament and the Governor of the Region of Attica, the Chair of the Current Affairs Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Gabriele Neff (Germany, ILDG), is to make a visit to Athens, in Greece, from 30 August to 2...

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Call for interest for national experts from the Republic of Moldova to develop a handbook on transparency and citizen participation

Cooperation 24 August 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is implementing the “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance” programme in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, supporting local authorities in their efforts to promote good governance,...

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Remembrance Day of the Roma Holocaust: “We reiterate our commitment to fighting anti-Gypsyism in all its forms”, stated John Warmisham

Roma 2 August 2017 Strasbourg, France

“We remember the victims of the Roma Holocaust today and reiterate our commitment to fighting anti-Gypsyism in all its forms”, declared John Warmisham (United Kingdom, SOC), Congress Spokesperson on Roma issues and Councillor of Langworthy, Salford, on the occasion of the International...

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CALRE Seminar: “ Public action without engaging citizens is futile”, said Congress President

Presidency 24 July 2017 Oviedo, Spain

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström took part in a seminar organised by the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE), on 24 July 2017, in Oviedo, Spain, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of CALRE in 1997. Addressing the presidents of regional...

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Switzerland ratifies the Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

Presidency 18 July 2017 Strasbourg, France

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström welcomes Switzerland’s 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, on 18 July 2017. The report on the state of local and regional democracy in...

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Congress President welcomes the election of Karl-Heinz Lambertz as President of the European Committee of the Regions

Presidency 12 July 2017 Strasbourg, France

“I am convinced that you will ensure that the voice of the regions and the cities will be heard at the level of all European institutions and that the regions in particular will be more and more involved in the European Union decision-making process,” said Congress President Gudrun...

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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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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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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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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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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: "National associations are a driving force for good governance, decentralisation processes and democracy"

Presidency 30 June 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström attended the Ceremony of the 25th Anniversary of the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 30 June 2017. She delivered a speech at the opening of the Ceremony in presence of the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, the Deputy Prime...

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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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Congress President meets Prime Minister of Montenegro: “Self-government is our philosophy”

presidency 27 June 2017 Strasbourg

On 27 June 2017, during the session of the parliamentary Assembly, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional authorities Gudrun Mosler-Törnström met the Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković. They discussed the situation of local and regional democracy in the country as well as...

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Congress President meets Prime Minister of Montenegro: “Self-government is our philosophy”

Presidency 27 June 2017 Strasbourg, France

On 27 June 2017, during the session of the parliamentary Assembly, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional authorities Gudrun Mosler-Törnström met the Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković. They discussed the situation of local and regional democracy in the country as well as...

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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 President meets Prime Minister of Moldova: “The Congress will continue to support Molodova in its reforms”

reforms 26 June 2017 Moldova

On 26 June 2017, during the session of the Council of Europe parliamentary Assembly, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström met with Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip. They discussed the political situation in the country as well as the forthcoming reforms of central and local government....

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The cities of Belgrade, Kragujevac and Surdulica sign the Pact of Cities and Regions against sexual violence against children

Current Affairs Committee 14 June 2017 Belgrade

On the occasion of the meeting of the Congress Current Affairs Committee held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 14 June 2017, the Mayor of Belgrade, Sinisa Mali, the Mayor of Surdulica, Aleksandra Popović, and the Member of the City Council of Kragujevac, Gordana Damnjanovic, signed the Pact of Cities and...

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Congress takes part in seminar on local institutional reforms in Europe

European seminar 19 and 20 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Congress took part in the European seminar held by the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) at the French National Institute of Local Studies (INET) in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 June on “Territorial reforms and training of local elected officials and...

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Instruments to engage citizens: towards improvement of Georgia’s local governance system

headline governance 19 June 2017 Georgia

“Local authorities should be supported by a framework enabling them to effectively take heed of their citizens, analyse their ideas, and ensure that these voices are projected into decision-making” affirmed David Narmania, Head of the Delegation of Georgia to the Congress and Mayor of Tbilisi,...

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Meeting of the Congress Bureau in Brno

Committee of Ministers 16 June 2017 Brno

The members of the Congress Bureau met in Brno (Czech Republic) on 16 June 2017 in the framework of the Czech Republic’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The meeting was preceded by an exchange of views with representatives of Czech local and regional authorities. Bureau members...

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Meeting of the Congress Bureau in Brno

Bureau 16 June 2017 Brno

The members of the Congress Bureau will meet in Brno (Czech Republic) on 16 June 2017 in the framework of the Czech Republic’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The meeting will be preceded by an exchange of views with representatives of Czech local and regional authorities.Bureau...

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Congress leadership: “Europe needs long-term integration policies to help migrants and build an inclusive society.”

15 June 2017 Brno

The Congress participated in the Seminar “Integration policies at the local and regional level” organised by the city of Brno, on 15 June 2017, on the occasion of the Czech Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber of Regions and...

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Bilateral meetings between the President of the Congress and the authorities of the Czech Republic

Minister of Foreign Affairs 15 June 2017 Prague

Gudrun Mosler-Tornstrom held bilateral meetings in Prague on 15 June with the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomir Zaroalek, the Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Jana Fischerova and the Deputy-Minister of Interior Petr Misna. The meetings were...

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Meeting of the Congress Current Affairs Committee in Belgrade

Seminar of National Associations 14 June 2017 Belgrade

The meeting of the Congress Current Affairs Committee was opened in Belgrade, Serbia on 14 June 2017, by Gabriele Neff (Germany, GILD), Chair of the Committee. It began with a discussion on the conclusions of the Seminar on the Pact of Towns and Regions to stop Sexual Violence Against Children,...

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Congress President of the Local Chamber met with Ana Brnabic, Serbian Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government

cooperation 13 June 2017 Belgrade

Current developments further to the recent Congress monitoring visit were at the centre of today's meeting between Anders Knape (Sweden, EPP-CCE), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, and Ms Ana Brnabic, Serbian Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, in Belgrade....

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Congress President presents political priorities at Feldkirch Conference of Regional Parliaments

Presidency 13 June 2017 Feldkirch

Addressing the bi-annual 'Joint Conference of Presidents of Regional Parliaments in German-speaking EU countries 'held in Feldkirch (Austria) on 13 June 2017, President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström presented the Congress’ political priorities, in particular, the strengthening of democracy and human...

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Sexual abuse of children: national associations of local and regional authorities take part in a seminar in Belgrade

Current Affairs Committee 13 June 2017 Belgrade

How can we share and develop practical initiatives at local and regional level to prevent sexual abuse of children? This is the subject which is being discussed by national associations of local and regional authorities at a seminar held in Belgrade, Serbia (Hotel Metropol) on 13 June 2017,...

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Sexual violence against children: implementing actions at the territorial level and taking into account the situation of children affected by the refugee crisis

Seminar of National Associations 13 June 2017 Belgrade

At the Seminar of National Associations of Local and Regional Authorities on 13 June 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia, the participants reviewed the actions taken on the Pact of Cities and Regions to stop sexual violence against children and adopted conclusions calling on the Congress to continue its...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Republic of San Marino

Monitoring 13 to 14 June 2017 San Marino

A delegation from the Congress will carry out the first monitoring visit on local democracy in the Republic of San Marino from 13 to 14 June 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Mr Harald Bergmann (Netherlands, ILDG) and Mr Gunnar Axel Axelsson (Iceland, SOC), will examine the situation on...

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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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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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Andreas Kiefer: “Productive co-operation with national associations of local and regional authorities is a Congress priority”

Secretary General 9 June 2017 Kyiv

Exchanging on the priorities of their respective organisations during a roundtable organised in Kyiv on 9 June, Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, and Oleksandr Slobozhan, Executive Director of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, agreed on the...

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Congress President addresses the General Assembly of the Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities

presidency 8 June 2017 Budapest

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström attended the General Assembly of the Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities (Települési Önkormányzatok Országos Szövetsége, TÖOSZ) in Budapest (Hungary) on 8 June 2017. “National associations of local authorities are the key partners for the...

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Sexual abuse of children: national associations of local and regional authorities to take part in a seminar in Belgrade

Chair of the Current Affairs Committee 13 June 2017 Belgrade

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström attended the General Assembly of EUDEL, the Association of Basque Municipalities in Getxo (Spain) on 1 June 2017. She met with the EUDEL Executive Committee before delivering a speech at the opening session of the General Assembly. “When I read the...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Principality of Liechtenstein

monitoring 6 to 7 June 2017 Liechtenstein

A delegation from the Congress will carry out a monitoring visit to the Principality of Liechtenstein from 6 to 7 June 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Mr Artur Torres Pereira (Portugal, EPP-CCE) et Ms Marie Kaufmann (Czech Republic, ILDG), will examine the situation on local democracy in...

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“We hope that a post-monitoring dialogue with the Greek authorities will lead to the incorporation of the regional level into the scope of application of the European Charter”, says Congress President

presidency 7 June 2017 Athens

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström addressed the participants to the Conference “Public policies, democracy, rights and transparency in local governments”, on 7 June 2017, in Athens, Greece. Referring to the results of two monitoring visits made by the Congress in Greece in 2014, she...

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Piero Fassino: 'The South Mediterranean is of paramount importance for both our continents”

Lisbon Forum 1-2 June 2017 Lisbon

“The challenges faced by local and regional authorities are the same in the North and South of the Mediterranean,' stressed Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC), Thematic Spokesperson of the Congress on the South-Med Partnership, speaking at the session on strengthening the North-South Dialogue of the...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström at the General Assembly of the Association of Basque Municipalities EUDEL: «The Congress is a strong voice to represent you at European level»

presidency 1 June 2017 Getxo

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström attended the General Assembly of EUDEL, the Association of Basque Municipalities in Getxo (Spain) on 1 June 2017. She met with the EUDEL Executive Committee before delivering a speech at the opening session of the General Assembly. “When I read the...

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Andreas Kiefer: “In dealing with the flow of migrants, the Congress recommends an approach based on rapid integration in full compliance with human rights”

Secretary General 1 June 2017 Strasbourg

“The mass arrival of thousands of refugees in Council of Europe member states since 2012 has created a crisis situation and a challenge for all of us. Local and regional authorities have responded and are trying to manage the crisis with limited resources” said Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General...

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''The Assembly of European Regions and the Congress share the same vision'', said Congress Vice-President Yuliya Svitlychna

General Assembly of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) 31 May 2017 Sankt Pölten, Austria

“We share the same vision: we are convinced that regional self-government contributes to the principles of stability and democracy within the country and in Europe as a whole,” stated Congress Vice-President Yuliya Svitlychna addressing the General Assembly of the Assembly of European Regions...

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“Democracy and human rights, regardless of the level of governance, are vitally interdependent” stated the Congress President

Presidency 26-27 May 2017 Greece

“The Congress has to ensure that Local and regional elected representatives are better aware of their responsibilities as fully fledged actors in the field of human rights” stated Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, Congress President, during the International Conference “Human Dignity in periods of...

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Congress President meets with the President of Greece, Prokopios Pavlopoulos

presidency 25 May 2017 Athens

The President of the Congress Gudrun Mosler-Törnström met the President of Greece, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, in Athens on 25 May 2017, together with the head of the Greek delegation to the Congress, Michalis Angelopoulos. They held a wide-ranging exchange of views on the situation of refugees in...

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Post-electoral dialogue with Bosnia and Herzegovina: Congress’ high-level mission to Sarajevo and Mostar

Elections 25 and 26 May 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina

A high-level delegation from the Congress will carry out a mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on 25 and 26 May which takes place in the framework of the post-electoral dialogue, further to the local elections held in the country last October, and the implementation of Congress’ mechanisms to...

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Iceland ratifies the Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

governance 22 May 2017 Iceland

The Congress welcomes Iceland’s 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, on 22 May 2017. This is a positive and prompt response of the Icelandic authorities to Recommendation 402,...

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CORLEAP: A collaborative approach to address current challenges

Bureau 22 May 2017 Minsk

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has contributed to the 11th CORLEAP Bureau meeting in Minsk, on 22 May 2017, and in particular to the discussions centred on the recommendations for the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit, which is to be held in October 2017. Addressing the Bureau...

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127th Session of the Committee of Ministers: “To face the crises in Europe, we must mobilise all forces at all levels of governance”, says Congress President

19 May 2017 Cyprus

“Today Europe is facing great difficulties: the economic crisis, mistrust in politics and politicians, the lack of solidarity towards refugees and migrants. At the same time, the rise of extremism, nationalism and terrorism is threatening our societies. In this context, more than ever, the...

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Breda Pecan opens the XII General Assembly of NALAS

cooperation 19 May 2017 Vienna

“Local and regional authorities, and their respective associations, are key partners who must play a vital role in the dialogue to strengthen local democracy and to coordinate integration efforts, with a view to ensuring stability in the region” affirmed Breda Pecan (Slovenia, SOC),...

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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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17 May: International day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

LGBTI 17 May 2017 Strasbourg

On the occasion of International day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2017, the Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström and other members of the Congress - all local and regional elected representatives - addressed video messages to call on decision-makers and...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Principality of Monaco

Monitoring 16 to 17 May 2017 Monaco

A delegation from the Congress carried out its first monitoring visit to the Principality of Monaco from 16 to 17 May 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Mr Michail Angelopoulos (Greece, EPP-CCE) et Mrs Marianne Hollinger (Switzerland, ILDG), examined the situation of local democracy in the...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Principality of Monaco

Monitoring 16 to 17 May 2017 Monaco

A delegation from the Congress will carry out its first monitoring visit to the Principality of Andorra from 16 to 17 May 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Mr Michail Angelopoulos (Greece, EPP-CCE) et Mrs Marianne Hollinger (Switzerland, ILDG), will examine the situation of local democracy...

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Liisa Ansala: ”Further democratic consolidation is needed in Yerevan also outside the polling stations”

Elections 15 May 2017 Yerevan

A 10 member electoral assessment team from the Congress – headed by Liisa Ansala (Finland, ILDG) and including two representatives from the EU Committee of the Regions – concluded on 15 May its mission to observe the elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan which were held on Sunday 14 May...

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EU: Congress President addresses the 123rd Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions

Presidency 12 May 2017 Brussels

“The Congress – within the Council of Europe – and the Committee of the Regions – within the EU – share the same fundamental values and have complementary roles,” underlined Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström addressing the 123rd Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels...

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Congress is strongly committed to combatting sexual violence against refugee children and minors

Lanzarote Committee 12 May 2017 Strasbourg

“A large number of minors are lost in the wild after their arrival in Europe, running the risk of exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking,” alerted Johan van den Hout (Netherlands, SOC), Congress Spokesperson on Children addressing the 18th meeting of the Lanzarote Committee, on 12 May 2017....

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The Congress concludes an Electoral Assessment Mission to Yerevan, Armenia

elections 11 to 15 May 2017 Yerevan

A delegation of the Congress carried out an Electoral Assessment Mission to Armenia from 11 to 15 May 2017, in order to monitor the elections to the Council of Elders of the City of Yerevan scheduled for 14 May. Headed by Liisa Ansala (Finland, ILDG), the delegation consisted of 10 participants...

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Congress Electoral Assessment Mission to Yerevan, Armenia

Election 11-15 May 2017 Yerevan

A delegation of the Congress will carry out an Electoral Assessment Mission to Armenia from 11 to 15 May 2017, in order to monitor the elections to the Council of Elders of the City of Yerevan scheduled for 14 May. Headed by Liisa Ansala (Finland, ILDG), the delegation consists of 10 participants...

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Roma inclusion: Call for applications for the 6th edition of the Dosta!-Congress Prize

Dosta 06 May 2017

In 2017 the 6th Dosta!-Congress Prize will be awarded to three municipalities from Council of Europe member States that have implemented innovative initiatives to ensure the integration of Roma and Traveller communities, while respecting the diversity of these communities and ensuring their...

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Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ: “Power sharing is the best guarantee of democracy”

Governnance 5 May 2017 Eupen

Recent examples of sub-national reform projects in Council of Europe member states were presented at a conference organised by the Congress on 5 May 2017 in Eupen, the capital city of the German-speaking Community in Belgium. Against the backdrop of four important generators of territorial...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: ''Regional and national parliaments have a responsibility in the fight against populism''

presidency 5 May 2017 Santiago de Compostela

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström addressed the Conference organised on 5 May in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain), on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Parliament of Galicia. “The Congress is convinced that regional self-government contributes to the principles of...

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Congress Governance Committee concludes meeting in Eupen, Belgium

Governance 4 May 2017 Eupen

Debates on reports currently being prepared in the context of the Congress' package of measures to prevent corruption at local and regional level were at the centre of a meeting of the Governance Committee held in Eupen, Belgium, on 4 May 2017. Among the texts adopted on this occasion was the...

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Challenges of subnational reform at the center of Congress Conference in Eupen

Governance 02 May 2017 Brussels

The Congress is organising a Conference “Successful territorial reform” on Friday 5 May 2017 in Eupen, Belgium. The event will bring together some 60 participants – politicians, practitioners and academic experts – including the Finnish State Secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and...

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Nawel Rafik-Elmrini: “We need to champion an approach based on reasonable accommodation to build respect for freedom and religion in Europe”

Governance 01 May 2017 Strasbourg

“It is through the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular its Articles 8 and 9, that the Council of Europe works to safeguard freedom of religion and human rights, especially in the context of migration”, said Nawel Rafik Elmrini (France, SOC), Vice-Chair of the Congress Current...

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Albanian Mayors committed to turn their ideas into projects

cooperation 28 April 2017 Strasbourg

“Citizens elect you for your vision and ideas” shared Vladimir Prebilič, Mayor of Kocevje and member of the Congress (Slovenia, NI), with Albanian peers, during the second workshop “Mayors, leaders for change”. This workshop, organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities upon a...

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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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Tunisia: opening of the first Local Democracy Agency in the Mediterranean region

Mediterranean Basin 27 April 2017 Kairouan

The first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in the Mediterranean region was officially opened on 27 April 2017 in Kairouan, Tunisia. On this occasion, the representatives of the ALDA (the European Association for Local Democracy) and of the municipality of Kairouan gathered together with their civil...

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Meeting with the Greek President:Gudrun Mosler-Törnström calls for greater solidarity with Greece

Presidency 28 April 2017 Strasbourg

At the meeting with the President of Greece, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, on 26 April 2017, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström recalled the importance ''of the role of local and regional authorities in the face of the difficulties facing Greece today ''. In particular, she stressed ''the...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Principality of Andorra

monitoring 25 April 2017 Andorra

A delegation from the Congress carried out its first monitoring visit to the Principality of Andorra from 25 to 26 April 2017. Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Ms Gaye Doganoglu (Turkey, EPP-CCE), and Mr Zdenek Broz (Czech Republic, ECR), examined the situation on local democracy in the light...

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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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Exchange of views of the Secretary General of the Congress with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Committee of Ministers 19 April 2017 Strasbourg

The 32nd session of the Congress and the work carried out by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe since the end of November 2016 were the subject of a communication to the Ministers' Deputies on Wednesday 19 April. Secretary General Andreas Kiefer stressed the importance of...

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Congress concludes mission to assess local elections in Finland

Elections 10 April 2017 Helsinki

At a press conference held on 10 April in Helsinki, findings of the Congress' electoral visit in Finland were presented by Mrs Lelia Hunziker (Switzerland, SOC), Head of the Congress delegation to observe the local elections organised on 9 April 2017 in the country. The Congress deployed 10 teams...

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Congress’ delegation to observe local elections in Finland

elections 9 April 2017 Helsinki

A delegation of the Congress is undertaking a visit to Finland from 5 to 10 April 2017, to observe the local elections scheduled for 9 April. Headed by Congress Rapporteur Ms Lelia Hunziker (Switzerland, SOC), the delegation includes 23 participants from 18 Council of Europe Member States. Prior...

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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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Manuela Bora: 'Open data strengthens local democracy and promotes good governance'

governance 30 March 2017 Strasbourg

On 30 March 2017, the Congress adopted a report on open data for better public services. Presented by Manuela Bora (Italy, SOC), the report highlights the growing tendency to release and re-use public data to facilitate transparency, enhance public participation and stimulate economic growth....

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Participation of youth delegates in the 32nd Congress session

Cooperation 30 March 2017 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 32nd Session from 28 to 30 March 2017, the Congress will welcome 44 youth delegates between the ages of 16 and 30, from 44 countries and one observer from the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). The youth delegates will take part in all the debates and...

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