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Congress Secretary General reports on activities to the Committee of Ministers

Political Dialogue 28 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

On 27 September 2022, Andreas Kiefer presented the activities of the Congress since his last communication to the Committee of Ministers in March. He underlined in particular the agenda of the forthcoming Congress session in October 2022, which includes among others debates on the future of the...

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Call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services in the Republic of Moldova

Call for tenders 27 September 2022 Republic of Moldova

The Council of Europe is currently implementing the project “Reinforcing the culture of dialogue and ethical open local governance in the Republic of Moldova” as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova (2021-2024). In that context, it is launching a tender procedure...

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Congress to observe cantonal elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Observation Elections 26 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

A 14-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out an election observation mission from 29 September to 3 October to observe, specifically, the elections of the ten Cantonal Assemblies in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and...

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Climate strategies must involve local and regional authorities

Current Affairs Committee 26 September 2022 Izmir, Türkiye

Congress Spokesperson on Environment and Climate Change, Cemal Baş (Türkiye, EPP/CCE), participated in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)’s meeting of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians for a healthy environment in Izmir, Türkiye on 23 September 2022. "It is clear...

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The Bureau of the Congress met in Lelystad, Netherlands

23 September 2022 Lelystad, the Netherlands

At the invitation of the President of the Congress, the Congress Bureau held its meeting on 23 September 2022, in Lelystad, Flevoland, the Netherlands. On this occasion, the Bureau had an exchange with Dutch local authorities. The Bureau continued its discussion on the Russian Federation's war...

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President of the Congress, Leendert Verbeek: "So-called referendums organised in the occupied territories of Ukraine are a denial of the rule of law, human rights and democracy"

Bureau 23 September 2022 Lelystad, Netherlands

On the occasion its meeting on 23 September 2022, in Lelystad, the Netherlands, the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, endorsed the President of the Congress’ statements of 31 August and 5 September 2022 and issued the following statement: "The...

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Kristoffer Tamsons: Hate speech and fake news detrimental effect on working conditions of local and regional elected representatives

Governance 23 September 2022 Budapest, Hungary

“Hate speech and fake news are on rise in Europe, particularly on the internet and social media, and have a detrimental, paralising effect on working conditions and effectiveness of local and regional elected representatives and by extent on local and regional democracy as a whole”, stated...

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Congress promotes deliberative democracy and inclusive models of co-creation with citizens

Co-operation 22 September 2022 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Congress organised a European Conference on Democratic renewal: innovating with deliberative democracy in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), on 20-21 September 2022. It brought together local and regional officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina and international experts. The event was opened by...

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World Forum for Democracy: Registration is Open

World Forum for Democracy 22 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

The 10th edition of the World Forum for Democracy will take place between 7th and 9th of November 2022, at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, under the theme : “Democracy: a new hope?”. It will be devoted to assessing the key contributing factors to democratic decline, considering how these...

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Portugal ratified the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

Post-Monitoring 22 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

“The Congress welcomes the ratification by Portugal of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority,” said Leendert Verbeek, President of the Congress, on 21 September 2022, following the transmission of...

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Congress contributes to the Council of Europe's draft Convention on Artificial Intelligence

22 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

"The governance of artificial intelligence (AI) and digitisation must be human-centered, focusing on human rights and sustainable development," said Mr David Eray (Switzerland, EPP/CCE), Congress Spokesperson for Artificial Intelligence, at the 2nd plenary session of the Council of Europe...

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Annual meeting of the Congress Group of Independent Experts

16 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Congress Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government (GIE) held its annual meeting in Strasbourg, France, on 15 and 16 September 2022. The members of the GIE discussed the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the presence of the...

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Bernd Vöhringer addresses the Association of Irish local Government: “Efficient local authorities require strong structures to represent them at national and European level”

15 September 2022 Trim, Ireland

Bernd Vöhringer, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities and Mayor of the German city of Sindelfingen, attended the Association of Irish local Government Seminar on "Celebrating Local Government", held 14 and 15 September 2022 and underlined that it is essential to give local and regional...

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Congress promotes local democratic renewal through deliberative democracy

Co-operation 15 September 2022 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Congress organises a European conference on “Democratic renewal: innovating with deliberative democracy”, which will take place on 20-21 September 2022 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference aims to bring together local leaders, mayors and presidents of councils across Bosnia and...

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International Day of Democracy: Congress President calls for strengthening democratic resilience on the European continent

Presidency 15 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, celebrated each year on 15 September, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Leendert Verbeek, has made the following statement: “This year, we are marking International Democracy Day as our societies find themselves...

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Current Affairs Committee: Refugee women and children, environment and human rights, local and regional media on the agenda

Current Affairs Committee 14 September 2022 Remote

The Congress Current Affairs Committee met remotely on 14 September 2022. On the agenda was a report on " the reception of women and children refugees in Europe’s cities and regions", which follows a Congress visit to Poland in July 2022. The report examines the specific needs of women and...

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The Monitoring Committee adopted reports on the situation of local democracy in Belgium, Sweden and Denmark

Monitoring Committee 14 September 2022 Remote meeting

The Congress Monitoring Committee met remotely on 14 September 2022. The meeting was opened by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria SOC/V/DP), Chair of the Monitoring Committee. The Committee members adopted draft reports on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Belgium,...

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James Moloney: “We must give young people a place at the forefront in national and international policy-making forums”

Youth 13 September 2022 Mollina, Spain

At the opening of the 21st edition of the University on Youth and Development (UYD), organised by the Council of Europe’s North-South Centre on 12 September 2022 in Mollina (Spain), James Moloney (Ireland, ILDG), Vice-Chair of the Current Affairs Committee and Congress Rapporteur on rural youth,...

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Congress President condemns the continuing abduction of Ukrainian local elected representatives

Presidency 5 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

In light of the continuing abductions of Ukrainian local elected representatives, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Leendert Verbeek, endorsing the statement made by Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović on the...

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Congress President warns of fictitious Russian "referendums" in Ukrainian territories

Presidency 31 August 2022 Strasbourg, France

Against the background of mounting indications of possible "pseudo-referendums" in Ukrainian territories currently occupied by Russia, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Leendert Verbeek, has urged the Russian authorities to refrain from such...

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