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Minister Zaorálek Met with the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek met with the delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by its President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, at the Czernin Palace on June 15, 2017.

Minister Zaorálek met with Gudrun Mosler-Törnström on the occasion of the current Czech Chairmanship in the Council of Europe, as Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. In addition to the Czech Chairmanship, the talks involved migration and integration of refugees, as well as the issue of the fight against radicalization. The delegations particularly emphasized the crucial role of cities and municipalities in addressing these challenges.

The President of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities arrives in the Czech Republic for the session of the Bureau of the Congress which will be held on June 15–16, 2017, in Brno. The meeting of representatives of the two top bodies of the Council of Europe, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the Committee of Ministers, is traditionally scheduled during each chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

The Czech Republic took over the six-month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on May 19, 2017.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is an advisory council composed of Chamber of Regions, Chamber of Local Authorities, and three Committees. The task of the Congress is to strengthen democracy at local and regional level. It focuses on applying the principles of the 1985 European Charter of Local Self-Government, which has been ratified by all Council of Europe member States. It supports decentralization, regionalization, as well as international partnerships between regions and municipalities. The Czech Republic is represented in the Congress by a seven-member delegation composed of representatives of local and regional self-governments.

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