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European Committee of the Regions and Congress of the Council of Europe celebrate their 25th anniversary in Brussels on 27 June  
The European Committee of the Regions and the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities both celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, a ceremony will be held in the European Parliament during the European Committee of the Regions' June plenary session. Committee president Karl-Heinz Lambertz and congress president Anders Knape will both give speeches.

The ceremony will be followed later in the day by a joint conference at the Committee of the Regions on “The added value of local and regional authorities in building a united Europe”. The aim is to highlight the synergies between the work of the two institutions with a view to strengthening local self-government and regional democracy, a priority common to the committee and the congress.

The conference will consist of two discussion panels on decentralisation and the state of local and regional democracy, as well as its practical implementation in the Member States, based on the example of the fight against climate change.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the European Committee of the Regions have signed a cooperation agreement that formalises the fields and methods of cooperation between the two institutions. This agreement, signed in 2005 and revised in 2018, forms part of the wider context of the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Press contacts:

European Committee of the Regions

Congress of the Council of Europe

Nathalie Vandelle
nathalie.vandelle@cor.europa.eu
Tel.: 0032 2 282 22 99

Hawa Diallo
Hawa.diallo@coe.int

Tel.: 0033 3 88 41 22 40