The Annual Coordination Meeting of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) was held online on 26 February 2021. It brought together some 85 representatives from member States of the Council of Europe, Morocco and Tunisia.
Participants evaluated the 2020 ELDW edition under the theme “Local Democracy – Building trust” and shared their best practices. They also discussed proposals for the 2021-2022 ELDW which will be on the theme focusing “Protecting the environment and building resilience in territorial communities”.
At the meeting the title of “Partner of the European Local Democracy Week 2020” was awarded to 20 municipalities and associations of Turkey, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine and Romania in recognition of their commitment to the ELDW and promoting local democracy. The awarded municipalities have implemented a number of initiatives, most of them online, such as participatory budgets, youth meetings to facilitate inclusion in the city, training courses, debates on citizen participation and social and cultural workshops.