The 35th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will take place under the theme “Integrity and ethical behaviour of local and regional elected representatives”. The Congress will consider for adoption several reports on conflicts of interest at local and regional level, transparency and open government, as well as the revision of the Code of Conduct for those involved in local and regional governance. Debates will be organised on “the right to vote at local level as an element of sustainable integration of migrants and displaced persons in European municipalities and regions”, “border regions facing migratory flows”, the situation of mayors under pressure, the financial difficulties faced by local authorities, as well as on how to reconcile territorial solidarity and regional autonomy. They will also review the draft guidelines on the right of communities to be consulted by senior levels of government.
The Congress will consider reports on local democracy in Lithuania and Slovenia, as well as on local and regional democracy in Georgia. Information reports on local elections in the Republic of Moldova (20 May 2018), the Netherlands (21 March 2018) and Tunisia (6 May 2018) will also be presented.
The Congress will elect the President of the Congress, as well as the Presidents of the Chambers, their Vice-Presidents and the Chairs of the Commissions. At the opening of the session, the outgoing President, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, will review the Congress’ activities and achievements during its two-year mandate. In addition, Congress members will examine the proposed reform of the functioning of the Congress and the revision of its Statutory Charter.