In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we must act collectively throughout Europe, in a spirit of solidarity that must be expressed at all levels: European, national, local and regional. We must also join our efforts to support local and regional authorities which, because of their special responsibilities and their proximity to citizens, are in the front line in responding to this major crisis.
As a political assembly made up of local and regional elected representatives from 47 Council of Europe member states, the Congress has the capacity to pool the experience of the various players on the ground and the concrete responses implemented by numerous networks and associations of municipalities, towns and regions. This is the aim of this web platform, which will be regularly updated.
RESPONDING TO THE CRISIS
Supporting local and regional authorities
Local and regional authorities are in the front line in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. They are providing emergency services and communicating with citizens on measures to contain the spread of the disease. They coordinate with other levels of governance and other partners in all sectors of society, and also support their counterparts in other jurisdictions, thereby ... Read more
Ensuring respect for fundamental rights
This crisis not only puts at risk human lives, but also the functioning of our societies and democracies. In a toolkit providing guidance to governments on the respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 crisis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, stressed the need to ensure that the measures taken remain ... Read more
Relaying the actions of Congress partners
Local and regional authorities urgently need information and resources. National, European and international associations of cities and regions have developed initiatives to share experiences, such as:
the Action Plan and an exchange platform by the European Committee of the Regions
the experience-sharing campaign by the Global Parliament of Mayors
the repository ... Read more