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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 comprises 97 members. It is chaired by Marc Cools (Blegium). On 1 April 2019, Thomas Andersson (Sweden), Liisa Ansala (Finland), Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom) and Gabriele Neff (Germany) were elected Vice-Presidents of the group. Ott Kasuri (Estonia) was elected Treasurer.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is responsible for strengthening local ... [suite]

World Refugee Day

Written written the 20/06/2019

World Refugee Day

On the eve of the Wordl Refugee Day celebrated on 20 June, Harald Bergmann, Mayor of Middelburg in the Netherlands, member of the ILDG and Congress's thematic spokesperson on human rights declared that " Europe's cities and regions are in the frontline when it comes to managing the reception and integration of refugees ". Read more

Marc Cools attends meeting with the EU Committee of the Regions

Written written the 19/06/2019

Marc Cools attends meeting with the EU Committee of the Regions

"Democracy is not solely built top-down, but it should also be consolidated at the grassroots. Democracy should not only rely on vertical power, this power should also be distributed horizontally. It is important that the European Union support efforts for more local democracy in European countries be they candidates for accession to the EU membership or not," declared Marc Cools, President of the IDLG, at the exchange of views with the EU Committee of the Regions on the state of the EU enlargement ... Read more »

ILDG electronic magazine - May 2019

Written written the 20/05/2019

ILDG electronic magazine - May 2019

Inside this issue:

Democracy has a price! – Marc Cools

2019 ILDG Bureau elections

The Greater Region and GEPACO –  Martine Dieschburg-Nickels 

"Smart cities" - Martin Fodor

Human Rights Handbook - Harald Bergmann

The Venice Commission and the Congress - Stewart Dickson

ILDG reports & Next meetings

  

Marc Cools to attend meeting of strategic steering group

Written written the 29/04/2019

Marc Cools to attend meeting of strategic steering group

ILDG President Marc Cools will attend the meeting of the strategic steering group that will elaborate proposals on how to preserve the institutional role and functioning of the Congress and to improve sustainability of its budget. The strategic steering group composed of the three presidents (of Congress and its chambers), the presidents of four political groups (or their high level representatives), the Secretary General and the Director General of the Congress will meet on 3 June 2019 in ... Read more »