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.
written the 17/05/2022
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)
Rapporteurs & Thematic spokespersons
Next meeting: 24 October 2022
written the 22/03/2022
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 »
written the 03/03/2022
“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.
written the 28/02/2022
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:
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 »