Strengthening the role of parliaments and local authorities in the implementation of SDGs

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 16:10

PACE today called on national parliaments and local authorities to become actively involved in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). The mobilisation of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, local and regional authorities, citizens and civil society – in particular young people – is a decisive factor in the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 objectives, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the Assembly said.

The resolution adopted on the basis of the report by Jennifer de Temmerman (France, NR) makes a set of recommendations to parliaments as holders of legislative power and body that scrutinises governments’ action, in order to strengthen their role in the implementation of SDGs. PACE also called on member States to involve parliamentarians and local and regional authority representatives in the SDG implementation steering bodies, and in the High-Level Political Forum.

33rd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Published in World
Sunday, 01 October 2017 16:21

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will meet from 18 to 20 October 2017, in Strasbourg, France, at their 33rd session, under this year’s heading of “Decentralised policies for the successful integration of migrants”. At this session, they will hold an exchange of views with young refugees and prominent political figures, who will talk about the specific problem of integrating child migrants.

In the context of its monitoring activities, the Congress will examine reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in Switzerland, Italy and Serbia. A recommendation on the observation of the local elections in Finland (9 April 2017) will be presented for adoption. Members will also be informed of the conclusions of the report on the elections to the Council of Elders in Yerevan, Armenia (14 May 2017) and they will discuss the outcome of the fact-finding mission conducted in Belgium. A round table on the situation in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is also scheduled.

The agenda includes three thematic debates: the first is debate on young people and open government in the fight against corruption, which includes the presentation of a report on transparent public procurement at local and regional level and an exchange of views on the youth perspective on the fight against corruption. The other two debates concern the role of European regional associations and organisations in co-operation and regional democracy in Europe and women’s participation in political life at regional level. Several reports will also be examined for adoption, in particular those on “Regional and minority languages in Europe today” and “A better future for Europe’s rural areas”.

The 33rd of Session the Congress will offer the opportunity to celebrate two anniversaries: the 10th anniversary of European Local Democracy Week and the 10th anniversary of the Congress’ Dosta! Prize for municipalities, which will be awarded, for the 6th time, to municipalities which have conducted ground-breaking projects to foster the integration of Roma.

The guest-speakers at the 33e Session include Milan CHOVANEC, Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, and Thorbjorn JAGLAND, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

At this session, the Congress will also welcome some forty youth delegates, who will be invited to take part in all of the debates and meetings.

New EU initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” to support local economies

Published in Politics
Friday, 28 April 2017 10:50

The new “Mayors for Economic Growth” (M4EG)  was officially launched on 20 April in Tbilisi, Georgia. The EU-funded project will be operating in six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, until December 2020 with a total budget of EUR 5 million. Alongside the official launch in Tbilisi, public presentations of M4EG are taking place in most of the countries: the project was presented in Kiev on 24 April, in Chisinau on 25 April and on 28 April it will be presented in Yerevan.
The project aims to strengthen the capacities of the local public authorities of Eastern Partnership countries to become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation. It hopes to achieve this by improving the local business environment, stimulating entrepreneurship and attracting investment at local level for sustainable economic development.
Municipalities joining the M4EG initiative (known as M4EG signatories) will commit to developing a coalition with the private sector and civil society organisations to draw up a local economic development plan, undertake analyses and set out actions that will focus on growth, development and employment.

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