MINSK, 12 September (BelTA) – A roundtable will gather European experts in Minsk on 12 September to exchange the best practices in local self-government, BelTA has learned.
The seminar will highlight issues related to the approximation of the Belarusian legislation on local government and self-government and the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. Participants will discuss way to improve the system of training, retraining and enhancing the qualifications of local authorities. Experts will talk over prospects for the development of associations of local councils of deputies. Particular attention will be on strengthening twinning relations as a tool for developing border areas.
The organizers of the roundtable are the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Taking part in the event will be representatives of the Congress from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, and Romania. The delegation will be headed by President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe Gudrun Mosler-Tornstrom.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is an institution of the Council of Europe that represents local and regional authorities of European states. The Congress is made up of two chambers: the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Chamber of Regions. The Council on Local Self-Government Cooperation at the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus has a status of an invited observer in the Congress. The Congress has 324 representatives of over 200,000 local and regional authorities in the Council of Europe's 47 member states.More about Politics