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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe organized a regional conference on 6 - 7 December 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia, which brought together around 100 mayors and local elected representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. Numerous newly-elected Georgian mayors took part in the event, as well as representatives of national associations of local authorities, civil society organisations and expert.
The conference was opened by the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Zurab ALAVIDZE, the Mayor of Tbilisi, Kakha KALADZE, Janos HERMAN, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Andreas KIEFER, and Cristian URSE, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi..
At the opening of the conference Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, said, "Strong municipalities are a component of political and social pluralism. We are glad that through this project, the EU contributed to reinforce local authorities' engagement for increased accountability and transparency towards their citizens. This is essential to gain the population's trust towards public instances. The EU fully supports central and local authorities to help them public authorities get closer to citizens and better serve them."
During the conference, mayors, representatives of local authorities associations shared good practices promoting and strengthen ethics, transparency and citizen participation at local level in these countries. Participants addressed these questions through concrete examples of local initiatives that were implemented in 2017, by twelve local authorities from Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
On the eve of the conference, 5 December 2017, a workshop on ‘Local initiatives: managing and communicating the change’ brought together the mayors and project co-ordinators implementing initiatives on ethical governance.
In addition, on 8 December 2017, the EU Ambassador and Secretary General of the Congress will intervene at the 6th General Assembly of the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG).
The Tbilisi regional conference brought together around 100 mayors and local elected representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, including numerous newly-elected Georgian mayors, as well as representatives of national associations of local authorities, civil society organisations and expert. The aim was to enable peer-to peer exchange on good practices to promote and strengthen ethics, transparency and citizen participation at local level in these countries.
Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
Ms Tamriko Mikadze, Press and Information Officer
Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg
Ms Marité Moras, Head of Unit, Co-operation and External Relations Department
Council of Europe Office in Chisinau
Mr Ion Beschieru, Programme Manager