28 September 2020 - Meeting of the Statutory Forum
The Statutory Forum of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a remote meeting on 28 September 2020 to examine, for adoption, several reports on the state of local democracy in Europe and on grassroots elections in major crisis situations, as well as its revised Rules and Procedures.
Co-rapporteurs Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC/G/PD) and David Eray (Switzerland, ILDG) presented a report on the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Portugal. Co-rapporteurs Marc Cools (Belgium, ILDG) and Andrew Dismore (United Kingdom, SOC/G/PD) presented a report on the implementation of the Charter in Austria.
The report on the observation of local elections in the Republic of Moldova (20 October 2019), prepared by rapporteur Vladimir Prebiliç (Slovenia, SOC/G/PD), was submitted for adoption by tacit procedure.
The issue of local and regional elections in major crisis situations was debated on the basis of a report presented by co-rapporteurs Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG) and Jos Wienen (Netherlands, EPP/CCE).
Portugal: Despite good application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, local authorities should have more autonomy with respect to taxation
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe issued, on 28 September 2020, a set of recommendations aimed at improving local and regional democracy in Portugal, notably giving local authorities more autonomy with respect to local taxes and setting up special aid...
How to preserve local and regional elections during major crises? Congress members discussed this question on 28 September 2020 at a debate organised during the Statutory Forum, on the basis of a report prepared by co-rapporteurs Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG) and Jos Wienen (Netherlands,...
In a Recommendation, adopted on 28 September, concerning the 20 October 2019 local elections in the Republic of Moldova, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has called on the Moldovan authorities to improve the legal framework and the practical management of...
Austria: Municipalities and Länder governments need more fiscal autonomy, Council of Europe report finds, among other issues
The Congress welcomes reforms in Austria that have clarified the distribution of powers between the Federation, Länder and municipal authorities. It also praises the introduction of Länder Administrative Courts to strengthen Austrian federalism. But challenges remain, including insufficient...
The Statutory Forum acts on behalf of the Congress between sessions and is convened upon decision by the Bureau of the Congress. This meeting was decided by the Bureau, on 17 July 2020, by written procedure. The Statutory Forum comprises the Presidents of all national delegations and the members of the Bureau. The outgoing president, the chairs of committees and the presidents of political groups participate without voting rights.
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