Strasbourg, 19 March 2014 - The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will debate the situation in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea during its 26th Session, to be held from 25 to 27 March 2014 in Strasbourg (France). The members of the Bureau of the Congress will, on 24 March, examine in particular a draft declaration on this subject. Subject to their approval, an urgent debate on the situation in Ukraine will take place on 25 March.
In addition, the session will focus on “Empowering youth: a shared responsibility for cities and regions”. This is the main theme running throughout the year’s work during 2014, with the objective of offering a forum for discussion amongst European local and regional elected representatives on young people’s participation as players in local and regional democracy. Several debates centering on this theme will therefore be held during the session:
“Is there a real place for young people in local and regional democracy?” on 25 March,
“Fostering youth employment through education and training: role and best practices within regions in Europe” on 26 March,
“Empowering Roma youth through participation: effective policy design at local and regional levels” on 26 March,
“Youth participation – Voting at 16?” on 27 March (more…)