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Vladimir Prebilič: “Local and regional levels and citizen involvement are crucial to overcome the challenges posed by climate change”

KEDE 13 May 2021 Remote meeting

“Local and regional levels are crucial to overcome the challenges posted by climate change and to achieve the energy transition. They are on the front line, facing the worst consequences of the climate crisis”, underlined Congress Spokesperson on Climate Change and the Environment Vladimir...

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Karl-Heinz Lambertz: “Deliberative democracy puts citizens at the heart of the decision-making process”

Assembly of European Regions Bureau 12 May 2021 Remote meeting

“Deliberative democracy is a way of responding to citizens' disenchantment with democratic processes and lack of public trust in institutions, and a useful method in complex situations to overcome ethnic and political divides,” stressed Karl-Heinz Lambertz (Belgium, SOC/G/PD), Congress Rapporteur...

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30 years of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Spain

7 May 2021 Barcelona, Spain

Spanish national, regional and local authorities and scholars debated the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Spain in the last 3 decades at an event organised by the Democracy & Local Government Foundation on 7 May 2021. On this occasion, Congress Secretary General...

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Congress Committee adopted draft resolution on the situation of LGBTI people in Poland

Current Affairs Committee 7 May 2021 Remote meeting

At its meeting on 7 May 2021, the Current Affairs Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe approved draft resolution on the role of local authorities with regard to the situation and rights of LGBTI people in Poland. The rapporteur Andrew Boff (United...

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Meetings of the Congress Governance and Current Affairs Committees

Committee meetings 6 May 2021 Remote Meetings

Following the meeting of the Monitoring Committee on 28 April 2021, the Current Affairs and the Governance Committees of the Congress will meet remotely on 7 and 12 May 2021, respectively. The Current Affairs Committee considered a draft resolution on local authorities and the situation and...

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Statement by the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Leen Verbeek on Europe Day 2021

Presidency 5 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

Every year, in May Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe. Europe, was built on the rubble of the Second World War, a war that caused millions of deaths and terrible suffering for tens of millions of civilians. The European construction has enabled us to reconcile and make peace with the...

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Congress Monitoring Committee submits European Charter of Local Self-Government compliance reports on Bulgaria and Azerbaijan

Monitoring Committee 28 April 2021 Remote meeting

The Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe met online 28 April 2021, chaired by newly elected Chair Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC/G/PD), . The Committee considered the application of the European Charter on Local Self-Government in...

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Congress Rapporteur on Roma and Traveller issues: "We can best combat the anti-gypsyism embedded in our societies at the local level"

Roma and Traveller 29 April 2021 Remote meeting

Anti-Gypsyism and discrimination against Roma and Traveller communities has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is at the local level that we can best combat these scourges," said John Warmisham, Congress Rapporteur on Roma and Traveller issues at the the 11th meeting of the...

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Congress and the European Committee of the Regions step up their co-operation

High-Level Group Meeting 22 April 2021 Remote Meeting

Leaders of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) met online 22 April 2021 to discuss priorities of co-operation in response to the current pandemic and the role of local and regional authorities in the post-crisis...

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World Forum for Democracy: round table on environmental action at the local level

World Forum for Democracy 26 April 2021 Remote meetings

In the framework of the World Forum for Democracy, the Congress of local and regional authorities organised a webinar titled “Let’s talk local: cities and citizens in the fight against climate change” which presented successful local and regional initiatives for sustainability and green...

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Seminar for the new Ukrainian delegation to the Congress to enhance involvement and cooperation in the Congress and the Council of Europe

14 and 21 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Congress, headed by Liliia Pashynna (ILDG) participated in an online seminar on 14 and 21 April 2021 to learn more about the Council of Europe and the Congress and to exchange on their roles and potential for deeper involvement in the work of the...

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Congress President meets PACE President and Council of Europe Secretary General

Presidency 20 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the ongoing session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Congress President, Leendert Verbeek met with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems and with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, on 20 April 2021....

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Congress President meets Mayor of Strasbourg to enhance co-operation

Presidency 19 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 19 April 2021, the President of the Congress, Leendert Verbeek met with the Mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian to discuss issues of common interest concerning local democracy. The Mayor expressed her support for the work of the Council of Europe and the Congress in particular, and the hope...

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The Congress and Government of the Republic of Moldova sign a roadmap to strengthen local and regional democracy

Monitoring Committee 19 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 15 April 2021, the Congress and the Government of Moldova signed a roadmap for the implementation of the Congress recommendations aimed at strengthening local and regional democracy in the country. The roadmap was signed by the President of the Congress, Leen Verbeek and by the Secretary...

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Congress President meets the President of the Republic of Moldova

Presidency 19 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 19 April 2021, the President of the Congress, Leendert Verbeek and the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, came together in Strasbourg following the signature a roadmap for local and regional democracy in the Republic of Moldova last week. They discussed issues of common interest...

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Congress monitored the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in North Macedonia

Monitoring Committee 15 April 2021 Remote meetings

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe monitored the application of the Charter in North Macedonia, from 20 to 21 April 2021. The delegation, comprised of the co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Harald Bergmann (Netherlands, ILDG) and Zdeněk Brož...

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Leendert Verbeek: “Respecting the European Charter of Local Self-Government is essential for the resilience and sustainability of local democracy”

Presidency 13 April 2021 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Addressing the General Assembly of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS), on 13 April 2021, Congress President Leendert Verbeek stressed the importance of the European Charter of Local Self-Government to ensure sustainability of local democracy and...

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National and local authorities in Ukraine establish a Platform for dialogue on Open government

Co-operation 8 April 2021 Ukraine

Addressing the first meeting of the Platform for National – Local Dialogue on Open Government in Ukraine, on 8 April 2021, Congress Director Rafael Benitez highlighted the importance of strong partnerships for building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions of governance at all levels....

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Stewart Dickson: “The pandemic has confronted municipalities with entirely new challenges as much as it has aggravated existing shortcomings in applying the Charter”

8 April 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG), First Vice-Chair of the Congress Monitoring Committee participated in the online OSCE Conference “Local Governance Conference - The Work of Cantonal and Municipal Assemblies / Councils during the Covid-19 Crisis” on 8 April 2021. The event brought together...

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John Warmisham: “The COVID crisis has worsened the situation of Roma and Travellers communities. The pandemic is no excuse to ignore their struggles!”

International Roma Day 8 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

On International Roma Day, Congress Rapporteur on Roma and Traveller Issues, John Warmisham (United Kingdom, SOC/G/PD), spoke out against the rising discrimination against Roma and Travellers communities during the pandemic. “Lockdowns have confined them to overcrowded settlements without the...

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