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"Rebuilding citizens’ confidence in the political system is the only way to reverse the spread of disinformation”, says Congress President

Presidency 2 December 2021 Brussels, Belgium

“Local and regional elected representatives throughout Europe are constantly confronted with the rise of fake news and hate speech that have powerful repercussions on their work and on the functioning of democracy,” stressed Congress President Leendert addressing the 147th session of the European...

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Application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Turkey

Monitoring Committee 1 december 2021 Ankara, Turkey

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is making a follow-up visit to Turkey on 1 December to update its 2019 report on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in that country. The delegation led by co-rapporteurs Vladimir...

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Harald Sonderegger: "The Congress and the CALRE share the objective of strengthening regional democracy and the role of the regions in Europe”

Co-operation 26 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

The President of the Congress Chamber of Regions, Harald Sonderegger (Austria, EPP/CCE), underlined the areas of common interest shared between the Congress and the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) while speaking at the Plenary Assembly of the CALRE in the Parliament...

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Congress to organise remote electoral assessment mission to Armenia

Elections 26 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by Mr Stewart Dickson (United-Kingdom, ILDG), Rapporteur and representative of the Congress on the Venice Commission’s Council for Democratic Elections, will carry out a remote electoral assessment...

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Strengthening youth work in cities and regions

Current Affairs Committee 26 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Congress has just published a leaflet aimed at strengthening youth work in cities and regions. It is based on a Congress report, adopted in February 2021. The leaflet is addressed to stakeholders in youth work and presents the main Congress’ recommendations, best practices and concrete tools...

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Jelena Drenjanin: “The time to stop violence against women is now”

Current Affairs Committee 24 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

“Every day, 137 women are killed by a member of their family. And less than 40% of the women experiencing violence seek help, according to UN Women. This is not normal. It has to end” said Congress Rapporteur Jelena Drenjanin, on 24 November 2021, on the eve of the International Day for the...

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Thomas Andersson: “The stand-off on the Poland-Belarus border puts the lives of migrants in danger”

Current Affairs Committee 23 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

“The stand-off on the Poland-Belarus border puts the lives of migrants in danger and the local populations and their local governments in a hot spot, with hundreds of people stranded in miserable and life-threatening conditions," alarmed Thomas Andersson (Sweden, ILDG), Chair of the Congress...

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Congress updated the report on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Ukraine

Monitoring Committee 22 November 2021 Kyiv, Ukraine

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a monitoring visit in Ukraine on 23 November 2021 in order to update the report on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. The delegation led by Ms Gunn Marit Helgesen...

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Deliberative methods, combating hate speech, smart cities and regions and regional identities on the agenda of the Governance Committee

Governance Committee 19 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

Chaired by Jelena Drenjanin, the Congress Governance Committee met on 19 November 2021 in a hybrid format, at the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg and online via Kudo. The Committee members considered and adopted the report "Beyond elections: the use of deliberative methods in European...

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First meeting of the European Committee of the Regions Working Group on Ukraine

Co-operation 19 November 2021 Hybrid mode / Brussels, Belgium

Addressing the first meeting of European Committee of the Regions Working Group on Ukraine on 18 November 2021, Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer reaffirmed “the continuous support of the Congress to Ukrainian mayors and councillors and to national authorities in making the democratic...

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Youth, Sustainable Development Goals, environment and human rights, civil participation on the agenda of the Current Affairs Committee

Current Affairs Committee 18 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

Chaired by Thomas Andersson, the Congress Current Affairs Committee met on 18 November 2021 in a hybrid format, at the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg and online. The Committee members adopted a report on "The future of youth in rural areas: responsibilities of local and regional authorities",...

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Council of Europe Congress concluded electoral mission to Denmark

Elections 18 November 2021 Copenhagen, Denmark

An eight-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concluded yesterday its electoral mission to Denmark following the observation of local and regional elections held in the country on 16 November. On Election Day, four Congress teams, deployed...

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Brigitte van den Berg : “Local and regional authorities are well placed to detect early warning signs and put a stop to child abuse”

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse 18 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

“Sexual exploitation and abuse of children cannot keep happening in today’s societies” said Congress Rapporteur Brigitte van den Berg (Netherlands, ILDG), on the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, on 18 November 2021. She...

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Congress observed local and regional elections in Denmark

Elections 15 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

At the invitation of the authorities of Denmark, a delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by Ms Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE), Mr Vladimir Prebilic (Slovenia, SOC/G/PD), Mr Marc Cools (Belgium, ILDG) and Ms Jana Fischerova (Czech...

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Congress delegation meets authorities in the City of Mostar

Co-operation 9 November 2021 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The President of the Congress Chamber of Local Authorities, Bernd Vöhringer, and the Chair of the Current Affairs Committee, Thomas Andersson, paid a visit to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 9 November 2021. The Congress delegation met with Mayor of Mostar Mario Kordic President of the City...

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World Democracy Forum: Building sustainable cities by ensuring social justice for all citizens

World Democracy Forum 9 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities sponsored Lab 4 "Sustainable cities: when the problem becomes part of the solution", organised on 9 November 2021 at the Palais de l'Europe, in the framework of the World Forum for Democracy. How to build a more sustainable urbanisation and guarantee...

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The Congress launches a Euro-Mediterranean network for the exchange of practices on local self-government

South Programme IV 5 November 2021 online

"Through this 'Community of Practice' initiative, we can broaden our co-operation with the southern Mediterranean, creating a platform for exchanging experiences on the challenges we share," said Congress Vice-President Xavier Cadoret speaking at the launch of a Euro-Mediterranean network of...

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The Congress contributes to a conference on the role of regions in achieving the SDGs

External Relations 2 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 29 October 2021, the Congress contributed to the Conference on Agenda 2030: Transforming Regions, Changing the World, organised in Strasbourg by the Assembly of European Regions in cooperation with the Grand Est Region (France). The conference brought together local and regional actors to call...

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Secretary General of Council of Europe Congress addresses the Presidium of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Ukraine

Secretary General 2 November 2021 Odessa, Ukraine

At a meeting chaired by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Odessa on 29 October 2021, Council of Europe Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer addressed (online) the Presidium of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Ukraine - a platform for co-operation between Ukrainian...

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Thomas Andersson: "Investing in youth work means investing in the future of local democracy.”

CURRENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 2 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 29 October 2021, Congress members and youth delegates came together in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg to discuss how they can strengthen youth work, empower young people and improve their participation in public life. In the light of a report adopted in 2021 by the Congress and field...

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