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Decentralisation - 19.11.2013

Participate in the conference "1953–1988–2013: Decentralisation at a crossroads"
In the context of prolonged crisis, is the political, administrative and financial independence of local authorities under threat? Find the answer at the occasion of the conference '1953–1988–2013: Decentralisation at a crossroads', in Strasbourg, France, on 26 November 2013.

The event is organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), on the eve of the 2013 World Forum for Democracy.

It aims to review the progress achieved over the last 60 years with respect to local democracy and self-government. It will also be an opportunity to mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption by the CEMR of the European Charter of Municipal Liberties (1953) and the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe (1988).

The joint seminar will seek to answer several questions:
  • What is the situation of decentralisation in Europe? Does local democracy remain relevant today as the foundation of the European democratic system?
  • What is the meaning of local democracy in a Europe hit by the crisis? Is the devolution of power being reversed through current recentralisation trends? How to defend and advance local democracy against this background?
  • Reconciling global and local: can we decentralise while globalising?
  • How to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of the regional and local contribution to national and European policy-making? How to strengthen partnership and political dialogue between national governments and local authorities, beyond service delivery?

More information on the programme, speakers and the registration form are available on the Congress website.
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