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15-21 October 2018 - 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

Annual coordination meeting of the ELDW

calendarFrom 19/02/2019 to 19/02/2019

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Fresh impetus for European Local Democracy Week

calendarFrom 06/11/2018 to 06/11/2018

“European Local Democracy Week is very important for citizens and their elected representatives, it contributes to democratic education and is a valuable tool for strengthening local democracy,”...
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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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Interview of Gaye Doganoglu, Thematic Spokesperson on the ELDW

writenWritten the 17/05/2018

In an interview following the first meeting of Reflection Group of the Congress on the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) held on 27 March 2018, Thematic Spokesperson on ELDW Gaye Doganoglu (Turkey, EPP/CCE), reaffirmed the commitment to give this pan-European initiative a new momentum.

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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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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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