What is the European Local Democracy Week?
“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 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.
ELDW in 2018
The 2018 European Week of Local Democracy will take place between 15 and 21 October. However, should this coincide with other events or local elections, local authorities may choose to organise the ELDW on more convenient dates around October where possible.
On 10 February 2017, the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities adopted “Citizen participation, consultation and commitment: for a thriving local democracy” as the themes of the European Local Democracy Week 2017 and 2018 edition. This year, a special focus will be put on children and youth participation and commitment.
European municipalities are encouraged to develop targeted programs and activities on this theme adapted to their own priorities.