What is the European Local Democracy Week?
“The European Local Democracy Week” (ELDW) is an annual European event where local authorities from all the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe organise public events to meet and engage with their citizens on issues of current interest. The aim is to promote and foster democratic participation at local level.
The municipalities are encouraged to organise events, in accordance with the theme of the ELDW, during the whole year, culminating in a flagship event in the week of 15 October. The week around 15 October has been chosen for holding this event as a tribute to the European Charter of Local Self-Government, opened for signature on that date in 1985.
Municipalities are invited to nominate a personality with local influence as “Voice of the European Local Democracy Week”, whose role would be to promote the initiative as its goodwill ambassador, to allow for a wider outreach. The ELDW participants are also encouraged to actively promote exchanges of information and good practice between them, especially by using the online platform of the ELDW website.
Become Partner of the European Local Democracy Week
To highlight the commitment to raising the citizens’ awareness of local democracy, the most active participating local authorities taking part in the ELDW can request the title of “Partner of the European Local Democracy Week”.
This title is granted a posteriori, upon the actual participation and report of activities, in order to guarantee that the participants respected the criteria regarding the nature, scale, and possible impact of events.
In order to receive this title, municipalities and other local entities have to fulfil the following criterias:
1. Allocate a specific budget for citizens’ participation;
2. Run an ELDW promotion campaign using the ELDW visual identity decided upon and provided by the Congress;
3. Carry out a number of specific activities linked to the leading theme of the year;
4. Organise an event with a pan-European dimension. A Congress representative may be invited to this main event;
5. Extend the social scope of the initiative by reaching out to different groups of citizens (children, women, Roma and Travellers, people with a disability,…);
6. Promote the engagement of young people and youth organisations;
7. Implement sustainable initiatives;
8. Implement innovative activities and projects.