“European Local Democracy Week” (ELDW) is an annual European event where local authorities from all the 47 member states of the Council of Europe organise public events to meet and engage with their citizens on issues of current interest. The aim is to promote and foster democratic participation at a local level.
Local authorities who took part in the ELDW in the past editions said it leads to:
– better involvement of citizens in public life and interaction with local authorities,
– testing citizens’ acquaintance with the participatory tools and their trust in local institutions,
– improving social cohesion and respect of the others in the community,
– taking part in a network of European municipalities and regions keen to improve local democracy in their place and across Europe.
The week around 15 October has been chosen for holding this event as a tribute to the European Charter of Local Self-Government, opened for signature on that date in 1985. ELDW 2012 will officially take place between 15-21 October.
“Human rights make for more inclusive communities” is the leading theme of the 2012 edition of European Local Democracy Week. European municipalities are encouraged to develop targeted programmes and activities according to their own priorities, such as involving vulnerable groups, improving inter-generational dialogue, ensuring public service quality etc.
- Cooperation Day (tonetaproject.wordpress.com)
- Seven ways your council can boost local democracy today (guardian.co.uk)
- Social media cannot solve the problem of local disengagement (guardian.co.uk)