The historic events in the countries of the southern Mediterranean in 2011 paved the way for far-reaching changes in the region, including the start of processes of opening up and democratisation. In view of the situation and the resulting dynamic, the Council of Europe has conducted a new policy towards its immediate neighbourhood, in particular North Africa, since 2011. The Congress was closely involved in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Partnership documents with Morocco and Tunisia. With its partners in the Council of Europe, it is responsible for implementing their local and regional democracy component, the purpose of which is to assist with the local and regional reforms currently taking place. It is within this context that the Bureau of the Congress adopted on 10 February 2017 a co-operation programme for southern Mediterranean countries entitled South-Med Partnership to meet the objectives of the neighbourhood policy. Read more
Co-operation with Morocco
The co-operation programme with Morocco is part of the South-Med Partnership launched by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities which gives a frame for its cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco. It aims to assist the country in regard to its decentralisation reforms by sharing the Congress’ expertise and the experience of its members, for example during multilateral meetings and good practices exchanges.
Co-operation with Tunisia
The co-operation programme with Tunisia is part of the South-Med Partnership launched by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities which gives a frame for its cooperation with Tunisia. It aims to help reinforcing local governance in the country by sharing the Congress’ expertise and the experience of its members, especially in the fields of legislative assistance, training of political agents and awareness raising activities.
Partner for Local Democracy
The Partner for Local Democracy status of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities enables elected representatives of local authorities of countries in the Council of Europe’s neighbourhood to participate, within the Congress, in strengthening local and regional democracy.
The Congress has conducted its co-operation activities with the North-African authorities in the framework of the Council of Europe new policy towards its immediate neighbourhood. It holds observer status at ARLEM (Euro-Mediterranean Assembly of Local and Regional Elected Representatives) and it is also an institutional stakeholder of the North-South Centre, where it represents the local level.
- Resolution 342 (2012) The changes underway in the Arab countries – opportunities fofr local and regional democracy
- Recommendation 325 (2012) The changes underway in the Arab countries – opportunities for local and regional democracy
- Resolution 343 (2012) Policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions: the role of the Congress
- Resolution 376 (2014) Partner for Local Democracy status
- Programme of the Congress South-Med Partnership (2017)
- Leaflet - Congress
- Leaflet - European Charter of Local Self-Governement
- Booklet - European code of conduct for the political integrity of local and regional elected representatives
- Booklet - Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life
- Booklet - Reference framework for regional democracy
- Toolkit "Organising intercultural and interreligious activities"
The Congress Bureau appointed Piero FASSINO, Italy (SOC) as thematic spokesperson on South-Mediterranean Partnership.
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