The European Local Democracy Week at the World Forum for Democracy – Strasbourg 5-11 October 2012
On 7 of October, information material about the ELDW was distributed during the Conference of INGOs on "Inclusive democracy". It was the first contribution to the annual "European Local Democracy week" by the international network of the Council of Europe representing the NGOs.
On 9 of October, the European Local Democracy Week was presented on the celebration day of the 10th anniversary of the Club of Strasbourg in the City Hall, focused on citizens’ participation methods. The Congress’ ex- President Keith Whitmore opened the meeting, while the ex-Director Antonella Cagnolati took part in the debate.
Representatives from different European towns exchanged their views on and experiences of engaging citizens, in order to make this useful tool for representative democracies as effective as possible. In this context the Congress presented the European Local Democracy Week as a tool able to improve citizens’ participation in local life in an increasing number of communities every year.