Independent and Liberal Democrat Group (ILDG)

The Independent Liberal an Democratic Group (ILDG) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe brings together 99 members. It is chaired by Marc Cools (Belgium). 

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is responsible for strengthening local and regional democracy in its 47 member states. It brings together 648 elected officials representing more than 150 000 local and regional authorities and divided among several political groups.


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Next group meeting

Date(s) from 07/06/2021 to 07/06/2021

The next ILDG meeting will be held online on 7 June from 14.00 to 16.30.

The group will prepare the upcoming Congress session and exchange views with François Decoster, President of the Renew Europe group in the European Committee of the Regions.

ILDG Electronic Magazine - MAy 2021

Written written the 04/05/2021

ILDG Electronic Magazine - MAy 2021

Inside this issue:

Local democracy guarantees the quality of democracy – Marc Cools

Hans van Baalen in memoriam

Communal Integration Plan – Martine Dieschbourg-Nickels

Municipalities can and should be the forerunners – Andrei Novikov

The pandemic has encouraged us to review the work of municipal authorities and to develop volunteering – Evgenii Zabolotnyi

2021 Congress Elections

Members’ activities

ILDG members’ reports

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ILDG elected to key positions in Congress

Written written the 28/04/2021

ILDG members elected to key positions in the Congress during the spring session (23-24 March 2021):

Bureau of the Congress / Bureau du Congrès (Vice-Présdient of the Congress / Vice-Présidents du Congrès)

Andrei NOVIKOV (R, Estonia / Estonie)

Martine DIESCHBURG-NICKELS (L, Luxembourg)

Bureaux of Committees / Bureaux des commissions

Current Affairs Committee / Commission des questions d’actualité

Mr / M. Thomas ANDERSSON (R, Sweden / Suède) – President / Président

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ILDG to hold online meeting

Written written the 16/02/2021

The ILDG group will meet on 2 March 2021 from 14:00 to 16:30 to decide on the candidatures to be presented on behalf of the ILDG for the main positions in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

The group will also discuss the effects of the pandemic on democracy in European countries.

The meeting will be held online.