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Statement by the President of the Congress on the recent suspension of mayors in Turkey

Presidency 20 August 2019 Strasbourg, France

Anders KNAPE, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, made the following statement: "I express my grave concern about the decision of the Turkish authorities to suspend the elected mayors of three metropolitan cities in the south-east of the country,...

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High Level Political Forum: Anders Knape presents the Congress' contribution to the SDGs

Presidency 15 July 2019 New-York, United States

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders KNAPE, participated from 16 to 18 July 2019 in the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, organised in New York under the auspices of the United Nations...

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2019 European Local Democracy Week: Registration online is open

European Local Democracy Week 9 July 2019 Strasbourg, France

Local and regional authorities of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe are invited to register online to take part in the 2019 edition of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), a pan-European initiative aimed at boosting local democracy and citizen participation, which is coordinated...

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37th Session: guaranteeing autonomy and territorial governance in Europe

37th Session 29 to 31 October 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg, France, from 29 to 31 October 2019, for its 37th Session. Debates will be held on the cybersecurity of smart cities, the working conditions of local elected representatives, the fair distribution of...

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Miranda Rira: “Involving all levels of governance in Roma integration”

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2 August 2019

The memory of the persecution suffered by Roma in the past serves as a reminder of the urgent need to put an end to the anti-Gypsyism which they continue to be subjected to in many European countries, said Miranda Rira, Congress spokesperson on Roma issues, on 2 August 2019, on the occasion of...

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Implementation of the SDGs: strengthening local and regional democracy, social inclusion and institutional partnerships

Presidency 19 July 2019 New-York, United States

The Congress implements Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting inclusive societies based on human rights and citizens’ rights. As the sole body responsible for monitoring the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, it regularly assesses the quality of territorial...

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SDG Summit: “Involving cities and regions in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”

Presidency 18 July 2019 New-York, United States

EU Commissioners Karmenu Vella and Neven Mimica informed the global community, on 18 July 2019, on how the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development was being implemented by the European Union, on the occasion of the United-Nations High Level Political Forum in New-York. Congress President Anders...

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Congress President meets with UN Secretary General

Presidency 17 July 2019 New-York, United States

The President of the Congress, Anders KNAPE, met the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on 17 July 2019 during a meeting with a delegation of local and regional elected representatives from several countries. In their message, the members of the delegation stated that...

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Sustainable Development Goals: local and regional authorities represented in PLATFORMA at the United Nations

Presidency 17 July 2019 New-York, United States

A delegation of 17 local and regional elected officials, including Congress President Anders Knape, actively participated in several thematic debates at the High Level Political Forum, at the United Nations in New York, as part of the PLATFORMA network, which brings together local and regional...

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Ukraine: Call for tenders to support the institutional development of the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC)

Call for tenders 15 July 2019 Ukraine

The Council of Europe is launching a call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services in the field of strategic planning and organisational development. This call aims to support the implementation of the project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine” by...

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Armenia: Call for tenders to strengthen the Communities Association of Armenia and transparent, participatory local governance

Call for tenders 9 July 2019

The Council of Europe has issued a call for tenders for the provision of international consultancy services in the field of local democracy, ethics, anti-corruption and organisational development. This call for tenders has been launched as part of the “Strengthening the Communities Association of...

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Anders Knape: “Local authorities can revive confidence in institutions”

Presidency 5 July 2019 Aix-en-Provence, France

“Rural exodus and progressive urbanisation have led to major territorial transformations in Europe, widening the gap between urban areas and peripheral areas” stressed Anders Knape, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, during the session entitled “How to Reconcile the Core...

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Meeting of the Monitoring Committee in Oslo, Norway

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

The members of the Congress Monitoring Committee met in Oslo, Norway, on 3 July 2019. They examined, for approval, the draft reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russian Federation. The two local election observation missions in Turkey (31 March...

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Social rights: main theme of Volume II of the Manual on Human Rights

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Strasbourg, France

Meeting in Oslo, Norway, on 3 July 2019, the Monitoring Committee decided to retain social rights as the main theme of Volume II of the Manual on Human Rights for Local and Regional Representatives. "The outcome of our consultation with Congress members clearly highlighted social rights as a...

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The Congress prepares a new report on local referendums

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

National referendums focus a large part of public attention, yet it is at local level that most referendums are held in Council of Europe member states. Meeting on 3 July 2019 in Oslo, Norway, the Congress Monitoring Committee discussed this issue and decided to prepare a new report on...

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Congress Monitoring Committee examined the report on local and regional democracy in the Russian Federation

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

During its meeting in Oslo, Norway, on 3 July 2019, the Monitoring Committee approved a draft report on the situation of local and regional democracy in the Russian Federation, following two monitoring visits in October 2018 and March 2019. Co-rapporteurs Jakob Wienen (Netherlands, EPP/CCE) and...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: little progress in the implementation of recommendations on local and regional democracy

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

The members of the Congress Monitoring Committee examined the draft report on the situation of local and regional democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina during their meeting on 3 July 2019 in Oslo, Norway. Presented by co-rapporteurs Lelia Hunziker (Switzerland, SOC) and Carla Dejonghe (Belgium,...

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Congress Monitoring Committee endorses “Venice Principles” strengthening the Ombudsman institution

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

In the framework of its cooperation with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (European Commission for Democracy through Law), the Congress Monitoring Committee endorsed, on 3 July 2019, in Oslo, Norway, the "Venice Principles" on the protection and promotion of the institution of...

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Congress Bureau: exchange of views with the Chairman of the Rapporteur Group on Democracy of the Committee of Ministers

Bureau of the Congress 28 June 2019 Brussels, Belgium

The Bureau of the Congress held, at its meeting in Brussels on 28 June 2019, an exchange of views with the Chairman of the Rapporteur Group on Democracy of the Committee of Ministers (GR-DEM), Ambassador Razvan Rusu. The President of GR-DEM and the members of the Congress discussed in particular...

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The Congress Bureau approves Tunisia’s request to accede to Partner for Local Democracy status

Bureau of the Congress 28 June 2019 Brussels, Belgium

At its meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 28 June 2019 the Bureau of the Congress approved Tunisia’s request to be granted Partner for Local Democracy status. This request will be examined, for adoption, at the 37th session of the Congress (29-31 October 2019), in Strasbourg. Established by the...

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