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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 brings together 98 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 46 member states. It brings together 612 elected officials representing more than 130 000 local and regional authorities and divided among several political groups.

The ILDG exchanges views with ALDE-PACE vice-president and rapporteur Fiona O’Loughlin

Written written the 24/10/2022

The ILDG exchanges views with ALDE-PACE vice-president and rapporteur Fiona O’Loughlin

At its group meeting on 24 October 2022, the ILDG met with Senator Fiona O’Loughlin (Ireland), vice-president of the ALDE group in PACE and rapporteur on “A fourth Summit for a renewed, improved and reinforced Council of Europe”.

Welcoming Sen. O’Loughlin, ILDG President Marc Cools underlined the importance of contacts between the liberal groups of the Congress and the Parliamentary Assembly and invited the participants to reflect together how local democracy could be addressed at the ... Read more »

ILDG to meet in Strasbourg

Date(s) from 09/10/2022 to 31/10/2022

The next ILDG meeting will be held on Monday 24 October 2022 from 15.45 to 17.45.

The group will prepare the upcoming Congress session and exchange views on the situation in Ukraine. The group will also interview the two candidates of the post of Secretary General of the Congress.

ILDG's Electronic Magazine - May 2022

Written written the 17/05/2022

ILDG's Electronic Magazine - May 2022

In this issue: FR, RU, UA

Ukraine: A war in Europe (Marc Cools)

What will you give to save Ukraine (Liliia Pashynna)

Help in Belgium and the Netherlands (Marc Cools, Jan Markink)

Ukrainian house Strassen (Martine Dieschburg-Nickels)

Support hub by CoR (Sean O’Curneen)

Ukrainian Refugees in Gagauzia (Alexandr Tarnavski)

Cities4cities

Rapporteurs & Thematic spokespersons

Next meeting: 24 October 2022

The Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine

Written written the 22/03/2022

The Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine

Addressing the Congress on 22 March 2022, ILDG President Marc Cools recalled that he had visited Ukraine on several occasions in his capacity as rapporteur of the Congress and election observer. He underlined that “Ukraine was all but a puppet-state as Russian authorities wished to present it. Maybe that is exactly what bothers Mr Putin because he does not want to have a democratic state by his borders”.

Marc Cools invited colleagues to address letters to former Russian members and to call ... Read more »