Press release - CG070(2013)

Congress delegation heading for a monitoring mission to assess grassroots democracy in Belgium

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Belgium 8 and 9 October 2013. Congress Rapporteurs Henrik Hammar (Sweden, EPP/ECC) and Urs Wüthrich-Pelloli (Switzerland, SOC) will examine the follow-up to the commitments undertaken in the field of local and regional democracy, with regard to Belgium’s ratification of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 2004.

On 8 October rapporteurs will meet the Belgian delegation of the Congress, also the presidents of different local and provincial associations and unions; including the Association of the City and the Municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (AVCB), Union of Cities and Municipalities of Wallonia (UVCW), Union of Belgian Cities and Municipalities (UVCB), Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG), Associations of Walloon Provinces (APW) and Associations of Flemish Provinces (VVP) as well as representatives of the municipality of Tervuren.

On 9 October, other meetings are scheduled with the Burgomaster, Freddy Thielemans, the President of Brussels Metropolitan, Emmanuel Van innis, Burgomasters of Linkebeek, Krainem, Wazembeek-Oppem and the Burgomaster of Flobecq, Phillippe Mettens.

The second part of the monitoring process in Belgium will be scheduled in January 2014. The delegation will meet representatives of the federal and regional levels on this occasion.

A background briefing for the press will be held on Wednesday 9 October at 15h00 at the Council of Europe office in Brussels (Avenue des Nerviens 85, 2nd floor – entry via Rue Sainte Gertrude). Interested journalists are requested to register with Andrew Cutting, Media officer (; mobile: +32 (0)485 21 72 02)

Contact on the spot:

Stéphanie POIREL: Secretary to the Congress Monitoring Committee:

mobile:+33 (0)6 63 55 07 10.

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Planning, Coordination and institutional Communication Unit
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 48 95
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 27 51