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2016 ELDW Co-ordination meeting

Meeting file


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, 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


ELDW Evaluation Workshop in Budapest

writenWritten the 14/12/2016

An evaluation workshop gathering the most active cities over the last 5 years was held on 18 November 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. Representatives from Amadora (Portugal), Bydgoszcz and Katowice (Poland), Chania and Domokos (Greece), Mioveni (Romania), Reggio Calabria (Italy), Stockton-on-Tees (United Kingdom) and...
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Congress President meets with young local leaders from Ukraine including ELDW partners

writenWritten the 07/11/2016

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström met, on 7 November 2016 in Strasbourg, with a delegation of twenty Ukrainian young local leaders involved in a study visit organised in the context of the World Forum for Democracy. “We believe that a good local governance system is key to restore people's...
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Hanno Pevkur on the ELDW 2016 : “ Identifying ways to promote cultural diversity as richness and not a threat is crucial ”

writenWritten the 21/10/2016

Interior Minister of Estonia Hanno Pevkur addressed Congress members at their 31st Session, on 20 October 2016, in Strasbourg, France. During his intervention, he stressed the role of local and regional authorities in combating radicalisation and extreme violence. The Minister said “A welcomed example is the theme of the European Local...
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Numerous activities organised by Patras municipality during the ELDW 2016

writenWritten the 14/10/2016

As part of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) 2016 organised in the municipality of Patras (Greece), citizens will be invited - among numerous activities - to a seminar on anti-discrimination and solidarity, and a narration of intercultural stories revealing common cultural heritage. A specific radio program...
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“Citizen participation, power sharing and providing space for interaction are essential for successful local policies”, says Andreas Kiefer

calendarFrom 06/10/2016 to 07/10/2016

The COSLA annual Conference was partially devoted to the main theme of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) 2016, “Living together in culturally diverse societies”. “In the framework of the ELDW, local authorities from almost 30 member states of the Council of Europe and beyond organise public events to...
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Official start of the European Local Democracy Week 2016

calendarFrom 10/10/2016 to 16/10/2016

Since 2007, the Congress invites local and regional authorities from all 47 Council of Europe member states to participate in “the European Local Democracy Week” (ELDW), held annually around the 15 October. “The ELDW is a way to reach out to all European citizens, to involve them at the closest level”...
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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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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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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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