European Local Democracy Week 2013 ''Active citizenship: voting, sharing, participating''

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This week events and activities are taking place in some 100 towns and regions in the Member States of the Council of Europe to celebrate the 2013 edition of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) under the theme: “Active citizenship: voting, sharing, participating” (14-20 October). In addition, for the first time, ELDW welcomes as a partner the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe, which is also holding an Action Week to highlight the threat of hate speech to local democracy. Dubravka Suica, Spokesperson on ELDW for the Congress, has addressed a letter of support to all partners congratulating them on their creative ideas to celebrate this year’s theme. The 2013 edition already includes some 200 activities organised by 100 partners, including 18 "12- Star" cities, 44 communities and 34 associations, representing some 11 500 000 citizens.