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9-15 October 2017 - the Week of Local Democracy

The "European Local Democracy Week" (ELDW) is an annual European event co-ordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.


Local authorities from all the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, and their associations are invited to register and organise public events to promote and foster democratic participation at grassroots level.


This initiative also aims at further disseminating the Council of Europe universal values such as democracy and human rights, while also offering the participants the opportunity to join a European network engaged for the promotion of citizen participation at the local level.    


For more information, see the presentation of the initiative

First meeting of the Reflection Group on the European Local Democracy Week

calendarFrom 27/03/2018 to 27/03/2018

The Reflection Group on the European local democracy week (ELDW) met on 27 March 2018, in Strasbourg. This first meeting was the occasion to launch discussions on a new strategy to advance this pan-European initiative.


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Annual co-ordination meeting of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) in Paris

calendarFrom 05/02/2018 to 05/02/2018

The annual coordination meeting of the European Local Democracy Week was held on 5 February in Paris. Forty-five participants from participating cities from 6 countries (France, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine) and national associations of local authorities was on hand to evaluate the 2017 edition of ELDW on the occasion of the...
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Kyiv - A city of a thriving local democracy

calendarFrom 09/10/2017 to 15/10/2017

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Local Democracy Week, the city of Kyiv, a twelve star participant of the ELDW, organised a broad range of activities both in the city itself and in the surrounding districts. Over 34 citywide and 137 district-wide activities took place in nearly 350 locations, promoting local democracy and...
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European Local Democracy Week: 10 years promoting citizens' participation in Europe

calendarFrom 09/10/2017 to 15/10/2017

The 2017 edition of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), which marks the 10th anniversary of this initiative, will take place from 9 to 15 October 2017 – the official week of the ELDW – and also during the entire month of October. Towns and cities in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe and...
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“Cities and Municipalities of Brussels” to inaugurate the ELDW in Brussels’ Parliament

calendarThe 09/10/2017

The Association “Cities and Municipalities of Brussels” (Brulocalis) will open its official European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) in the Parliament of Brussels, on 9 October 2017, to mark the ELDW’s 10th anniversary. During the event, the 19 municipalities from the Brussels-Capital Region participating in the initiative will present...
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Serbia: Youth participation in focus in Local Democracy Week events

writenWritten the 27/09/2017

Three Serbian cities are holding a wide range of activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Local Democracy Week between 9th and 13th of October. Participants are invited to join diverse local initiatives promoting active citizenship, greater participation and better governance. The activities in Belgrade will include, among...
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Council of Europe to host Strasbourg Citizens' Summit

calendarThe 14/09/2017

Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, will welcome the participants of the Citizens Summit of Strasbourg in the Palace of Europe, on 14 October 2017. Organised in the framework of the 10th anniversary of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), the Summit aims...
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Local councilors and officials in Iceland share their experience on citizen participation mechanisms

writenWritten the 05/09/2017

"Citizen participation is the bedrock of democracy and good governance, beause the citizen must be in the center of any public action and policy" stressed Congress Seretary General Andreas Kiefer on a conference held in Reykjavik on 5 September 2017. Administration staff from various Icelandic municipalities...
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Learning to Live Together – A Conference on the Future of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe

writenWritten the 23/06/2017

A conference on the future of education for citizenship and human rights in Europe was organisedfrom 20 to 22 June at the Palais of Europe in Strasbourg(France). In the framework of the Council of Euroe' Charer on Education for Citizenship and Human Rights, presentations,round tables and debates took...
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Instruments to engage citizens: towards improvement of Georgia’s local governance system

writenWritten the 20/06/2017

"Local authorities should be supported by a framwork enabling them to effectivey take heed of their citizens, analyse their ideasand ensure that these voices are projected into decision-making" affirmed David Narmania, Head of the Delegation of Georgia to the Congress and Mayor of Tbilisi, when addressing...
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ELDW administrator’s website under development

writenWritten the 30/06/2017

The ELDW administrator's website is currently under development to provide ELDW partners with a more user-friendly and simple platform for registering and promoting their ELDW activities. Due to these changes, ELDW partners may encounter technical problems when entering data after logging in to their personal...
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Video clip : three minutes to understand the ELDW

writenWritten the 04/04/2017

On the occasion of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW)’s 10th anniversary, a video clip has been produced to promote local democracy and citizen participation. In less than three minutes, the clip presents the available tools and concrete examples of initiatives implemented in the framework of the ELDW,...
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Registration for the 2017 European Local Democracy Week is open!

writenWritten the 22/06/2017

Local and regional authorities and their associations across Europe and beyond are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), officially held from 9 to 15 October 2017, under the theme “Citizen participation, consultation and commitment: for a thriving local...
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