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Announcement of the 27th session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, 14th – 16th October 2014

Strasbourg – The 27th session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will take place between the 14th and 16th October 2014 in Strasbourg.

Large part of the discussion will be again devoted to the topic of “Empowering youth: a shared responsibility for cities and regions”, the common thread running through the Congress’s activities in 2014. A debate on separatist tensions in Ukraine and neighbouring countries will be held.

The representatives will also discuss the question of “sufficient resources” for local authorities, the role of the media in building participatory democracy, inter-regional co-operation, promoting diversity through intercultural education and communication strategies, promoting equal opportunities for people with disabilities and their participation at national and regional level, and the Congress’s contribution to the Council of Europe’s neighbourhood policy.

The Congress will examine reports following the observation of the local elections this year in the Netherlands, Ukraine and Georgia, and a report on the situation of local and regional democracy in Belgium.

The members of the Congress will elect the Presidents of the Congress, the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Chamber of Regions.

The agenda of the session is available here.

A delegation from Slovenia, led by mag. Bernardka Krnc, the Mayor of Šmarješke Toplice, will also attend the session of the Congress.