Sergey Gaplikov; "This is a great responsibility and high confidence of the President to represent Russia at the International Congress"
Being the member of the RF official delegation, the Head of the Republic of Komi participates in 33rd plenary session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The forum is taking place these days in Strasbourg, France. Sergey Gaplikov is an appointed deputy representative of the Russian Federation in the Chamber of the Congress Regions according to the decree of the RF President No. 217-rp from July 21, 2016.
This is the second year the Head of the Republic of Komi participates in the forum. This year the key issues are the development of democracy, the corruption fighting, the future of rural regions, youth policy, and national languages support.
"For me, this is a great responsibility and high confidence of the President to participate in the 33rd plenary session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe as the RF delegation representative. The Congress is a prestigious international platform where the member-states authorities’ representatives share their experience in solving urgent problems," the Head of the Republic of Komi said. "Yesterday I took part in the conference of "European People's Party / Christian Democrats" political party, where we examined some issues dealing with positive practices and initiatives of our colleagues from some European countries, and prepared recommendations for the meetings of the Chamber of Regions. Also there was a meeting of Russia official delegation, where we discussed regional policy general priorities and issues, and exchanged views on the current agenda."
Today, the first plenary session of the Congress has been held. In the course of the meeting credentials of the new members of delegations are confirmed, national delegation are appointed in the Congress, the composition of the Congress committees is approved, a number of reports is heard, and the projects of the youth delegates are presented.
During a working visit to Strasbourg, Sergey Gaplikov will hold a series of meetings with European colleagues and foreign partners to discuss the possibilities for cooperation and participation in the implementation of investment projects in the Republic of Komi.
*** The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRA of the CE) is one of the three main divisions of the Council of Europe (CE).
CLRA of the CE is the CE consultative body and consists of representatives of local and regional authorities of the CE member states. The Committee of Ministers (CMCE) and the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) consult with the CLRA of the CE on issues affecting the competence and main interests of local and regional authorities in European countries.
The priorities of the CLRA of the CE are monitoring of local and regional democracy in the CE countries for compliance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government of 1985, including human rights observance on the local level, as well as municipal and regional elections monitoring.
Particular attention is also paid to territorial autonomy for national minorities, sustainable development, migration, culture and education, social cohesion in cities, local authorities’ financial support, etc.