The results of the Congress in Strasbourg – the main decisions of the European community

Итоги Конгресса в Страсбурге - главные решения европейского сообщества

The 35th session of the Congress of regional and local authorities of the Council of Europe gathered representatives of more than 200 000 European municipalities and regions. Including from Ukraine.

On the agenda were raised common to all Europeans the problems of development of regional democracy. The Ukrainian issue has also paid much attention. Heard a thorough report on the need for voting rights of internally displaced persons. Congress recommended to accelerate the process of adoption by Parliament of act No. 6240, which will provide more than 2 million people from the occupied territories, living in Ukraine, the right to vote.

The fight against corruption, granting of financial independence to the regions, the code of conduct for government officials on these topics were adopted resolutions which the Congress recommended the implementation at the regional level, all European countries.

Итоги Конгресса в Страсбурге - главные решения европейского сообщества

 

 

The Chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk regional Council Gleb Prygunov in his speech, during a debate on the topic of financial freedom to local authorities, briefly presented the experience of Ukraine in implementation of the decentralization reform. The situation radically changed this reform, introduced in all territories of the country in 2014. Gleb Prygunov cited figures that confirm the success of these changes: “the Share of local taxes and fees before the reform was 0.7%, in 2018 – 30%. On the example of Dnipropetrovsk region say that the development budget before the reform was 245 mln. now it is 3 billion UAH “

The participants of the 35th session adopted a resolution which recommends that at the legislative level to consolidate the consultations between the Central government and representatives of the local. Participation of local governments in budgeting – a necessary component of successful development of territories. It is a requirement corresponding to the common Charter of local self-government in 1985.

Corruption is one of the most painful problems in many countries. The so-called “conflict of interests” – a situation in which personal interest of a person may affect the decision-making process. Ways to overcome corruption in municipalities was presented by the representatives of the European countries.

Итоги Конгресса в Страсбурге - главные решения европейского сообщества

 

 

The Congress also recalled the accepted norms of behavior and morality that should guide representatives of regional and local authorities. The presentation of the projects of the youth delegates in 2018. On the first day, the participants elected the new President of the Congress. He is Swedish politician Andreas Knape. The newly elected Chairman said, Congress is a political body that is mandated to protect local democracy. Here are not the government but the citizens of the cities and regions. The Chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk regional Council Gleb Prygunov concluded: “Congress is the only organization responsible for the implementation of the European Charter of local self-government Congress – the only body that aims to promote regional democracy and local authorities of the Institute as a whole”

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