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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 150 000 local and regional authorities and divided among several political groups.

 

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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)

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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 »

Ukraine: Marc Cools adresses the group

Written written the 03/03/2022

Ukraine: Marc Cools adresses the group

“We are all horrified by the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. This is an unacceptable attack on the independence and sovereignty of this country. This is a war in Europe. Democracy and freedom are under attack. It brings immense suffering to the Ukrainian people who resist the invader with great courage,” declared Marc Cools, President of the ILDG, in his address to the group. 

Bureau of Congress adopts a declaration on Ukraine

Written written the 28/02/2022

Bureau of Congress adopts a declaration on Ukraine

The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities the Council of Europe, held an extraordinary meeting on 28 February 2022 and adopted the following Declaration:

The Bureau,

1. condemns in the strongest terms, the armed attack on Ukraine by the Russian Federation, which constitutes a blatant breach of international law and the Statute of the Council of Europe;

2. urges the Russian Federation to immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations in Ukraine and withdraw ... Read more »