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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


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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Andreas Kiefer: 'We should not take as granted what Europe offers us”

calendarThe 21/04/2016

Speaking at the 2016 Congress of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, on 21 April in Nicosia, Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, highlighted the importance of showing citizens the positive aspects of the work of European and international institutions. „We should not take as...
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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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Intercultural and inter-faith dialogue: the Congress proposes the creation of a toolkit to prevent radicalisation at local and regional level

writenWritten the 24/03/2016

In the current context of rising extremism, it is essential to promote intercultural and inter-faith dialogue in towns, cities and regions to prevent radicalisation. This was reasserted by members of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities during the 30th Plenary Session in Strasbourg...
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30th Session of the Congress: intercultural dialogue at the centre of discussions

writenWritten the 17/03/2016

The promotion of intercultural dialogue – also the main theme of the European Local Democracy Week in 2016 – will be at the core of the 30th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, to take place in Strasbourg, France, from 22 to 24 March 2016. Among other points of the agenda, the members...
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