The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will hold its 41st session, from 26 to 28 October 2021, for the first time in person in Strasbourg since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Within the context of the sanitary crisis, the Congress will hold a debate on the different levers of the "Post-Covid Recovery" with Carlo Monticelli, appointed Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank, and Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The challenges of migration issues will be discussed during two debates: "Regions and Diaspora" and "Migration: Continuing Challenges for Cities and Regions", with the participation of Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees, and Erini Dourou, Congress Rapporteur on Migration Issues.
Among the other personalities invited are the Deputy Minister of the Interior of Albania, Romina Kuko, Minister of the Interior of Cyprus, Nicos Nouris, State Secretary responsible for Security Policy of Hungary, Péter Sztáray, the Deputy Minister for Local Self Government of North Macedonia, Zoran Dimitrovski, and Miryam Alvarez Páez, Secretary General for territorial coordination of Spain.
The ceremony for the 7th edition of the Dosta! - Congress Prize will also be held. The prize is awarded to the municipalities of Torres Vedras (Portugal), Argostoli (Greece) and Salford (United Kingdom) for their initiatives aimed at ensuring the inclusion of Roma and Travellers.