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2016 ELDW Co-ordination meeting

Meeting file



ELDW 2016: “Living together in culturally diverse societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”

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, their associations, citizens and NGOs  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


Interview with Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress on the “ELDW”

writenWritten the 20/09/2016

The Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Andreas Kiefer, gave an interview about the ELDW, its origin, functioning and future development, with a view to its upcoming 10th anniversary in 2017.The ELDW constitutes a way of making European democracy a reality so that citizens can...
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Follow the ELDW on Facebook and Twitter!

writenWritten the 19/08/2016

The ELDW is now on Facebook and Twitter!


The Facebook page is “European Local Democracy Week”. This page will allow you to follow all the activities and latest developments of the ELDW and its partners. You will also be able...
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Congress of Regional and Local Authorities and local social integration: ELDW 2016

writenWritten the 27/07/2016

The integration of migrants and refugees at local level has been a priority for the Council of Europe since 1992, marked by the ratification of the Convention on the Participation of Foreigners in Public Life at Local Level.  Since then, the Congress has developed a specific approach, promoting cooperation between all levels of...
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New features on the ELDW events website!

writenWritten the 30/06/2016

Several new functions have been made available on the ELDW events website, in order to make the platform more informative and user-friendly. The developments include the set-up of an interactive map featuring all participating cities in Europe and beyond, the option of...
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Intercultural initiatives of the University of Patras for refugee children

writenWritten the 29/06/2016

The 7th Children's Festival of the University of Patras expanded its horizons to include young refugees. Thirty refugee children visited the University of Patras and enjoyed moments of carefree play and learning together with hundreds of other children from kindergartens and nurseries around Patras. The University...
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Building bridges within culturally diverse societies – “More than one story” card game

writenWritten the 03/06/2016

With a view to the 2016 edition of the ELDW on “Living together in culturally diverse societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”, the “More than one story” card game is a tool of great interest. This game was developed by the Department of Culture and Leisure of Simrishamn, Sweden back in 2012. In the...
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Council of Europe develops new educational game

writenWritten the 23/05/2016

With the aim of teaching children the core values shared across Europe, such as the freedom of expression, a fair justice system, gender equality and diversity, the Council of Europe offers a new educational game entitled “Europe Matters – A Question of Values”. The game, intended for primary and secondary...
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Registration for the 2016 European Local Democracy Week is open!

writenWritten the 30/03/2016

Since 2007, more than 1000 cities, regions and associations across the 47 Council of Europe member states and beyond have organised public events in the framework of the European Week of Local Democracy (ELDW) - an annual initiative co-ordinated by the Congress to celebrate democracy and foster citizen...
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