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Forum for Local Democracy in Ukraine: The Council of Europe Congress gathers together mayors, municipal councillors and young leaders in Snovjanka
[28/06/2017 10:30:00] On 4 to 7 July the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is holding a Forum for local democracy in Ukraine gathering together mayors, municipal councillors and young local leaders in Snovjanka, in the Region of Chernihiv. The Forum will focus on two main themes: representative democracy and its challenges and citizen participation. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues such as the representation of women in politics, youth engagement and public trust in elected representatives. They will also exchange good practices for renewing dialogue with citizens through participatory and democratic innovations.
The Forum will take place over four days and include interactive plenary sessions, working groups on the main themes and discussion groups. The members of the Ukrainian delegation and members from other European delegations to the Congress, along with international and local experts will contribute to the discussions through case studies, statements and examples of good practices.
The Forum will be opened on 4 July, by the President of the Congress, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, who will also take part, on 5 July 2017, in a working group on the representation of women in politics.
Press Release Press accreditation Website of the Forum (programme, documents, photos and videos)
Meeting of the Congress Monitoring Committee in Kharkiv
[27/06/2017 16:00:00] Further to the initiative by Congress Vice-President Yuliya Svitlychna (Ukraine, ILDG-GILD) to hold a statutory meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (Council of Europe) in the Kharkiv region, the members of this Committee came together in the city of Kharkiv on 27 June 2017. In a message by President Petro Poroshenko to the Committee, the Ukrainian authorities underlined, in particular, the role of the Congress for the further development of local self-government in the country. “Best practices of the Congress create a conceptual basis for the decentralization reform which Ukraine has been successfully implementing over the last years,” confirmed Poroshenko.
During the meeting, chaired by the President of the Monitoring Committee, Leen Verbeek (Netherlands, SOC), important draft texts were adopted including monitoring reports on Switzerland, Serbia and Italy, the fact-finding mission to Belgium ('functioning of the organs of local democracy in the context of linguistic diversity in the communes with facilities in the Flemish region around Brussels') and on electoral observation missions in Finland and Yerevan (Armenia).
Press Release Agenda Letter by Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
Congress President meets Prime Minister of Montenegro: “Self-government is our philosophy”
[28/06/2017 16:30:00] On 27 June 2017, during the session of the parliamentary Assembly, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional authorities Gudrun Mosler-Törnström met the Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković. They discussed the situation of local and regional democracy in the country as well as other issues such as the economic crisis, the problems of corruption and radicalisation and the crisis of refugees and migrants. The Prime Minister underlined that his country was committed to the European Charter of Local self-government and would seek to reach the highest level of decentralisation. Montenegro was also willing to be a partner in all current challenges, he added, stressing that it was a multilevel society which could serve as a role model. The President of the Congress welcomed the spirit of reforms shown by the Prime Minister and accepted the invitation to visit the country to see the changes that have occurred over the last years. She underlined that the Charter was more than a text but rather the expression of a philosophy.
Congress President meets Prime Minister of Moldova: “The Congress will continue to support Molodova in its reforms”
[26/06/2017 17:00:00] On 26 June 2017, during the session of the Council of Europe parliamentary Assembly, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström met with Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip. They discussed the political situation in the country as well as the forthcoming reforms of central and local government. Prime Minister Filip said Moldova would take into account the advice of the Council of Europe Venice Commission on a new electoral law and would also highly appreciate to benefit from the Congress’ expertise in the field of decentralisation. President Mosler-Törnström underlined that the Congress has always supported Moldova in its reforms and will continue to do so. “The Congress has signed in July 2016 a road map for the implementation of the Congress recommendations following its monitoring of the country. We would be glad to pursue this political dialogue and exchange on our know how with your authorities “ she said. The Prime Minister invited the President to pay a visit to Moldova in order to further discuss the forthcoming reforms. The President of the Congress also draw the Prime Minister’s attention to the situation of the Mayor of Chisinau and Vice-President of the Congress, Dorin Chirtoaca, who is currently under home arrest.