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High-Level Group meeting of the CoR and CoE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities  

​​The annual meeting of the High-Level Group, hosted this year by the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Mr Vasco Alves Cordeiro, and with participation of the President of the Congress, President of the Chamber of Regions and President of the Chamber of Local Authorities on the Congress side, will provide an opportunity to take stock of relevant activities on both sides and exchange views on thematic and political priorities of co-operation for 2023 and beyond. 

High-level participants will specifically focus on the efforts to support reconstruction as well as local and regional democracy, good governance and rule of law in the context of the war in Ukraine.


1. Introductory remarks 

  • ​Welcome address by Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the Committee of the Regions 
  • Introductory remarks by Leendert Verbeek, President of the Congress 
  • Adoption of the draft agenda

2. Stocktaking of relevant activities and outlook for thematic and political priorities of co-operation 

  • Input by the Committee of the Regions on:
    • 2022 EU Annual Report on the State of the Regions and Cities
    • Follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe
    • Initiatives promoting deliberative democracy
      • ​Charter on Youth and Democracy
    • Fight against disinformation and hate speech
      • ​Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award 
    • Upcoming initiatives in 2023​​

  • Input by the Congress on: ​
    • Monitoring the situation of local and regional democracy 
    • Local and regional responsibilities in protecting human rights: 
      • human rights and the environment: “greening” of the European Charter of Local Self-Government 
      • other ongoing human rights activities 
    • Improving local and regional governance in response to crises: 
      • countering fake news and hate speech
      • revision of the Urban Charter 
      • promoting deliberative democracy 
      • regional identities: promoting dialogue and diversity in unity 
      • role of the 2nd chamber of parliaments in representing territorial interest 
  • Upcoming activities and the 4th Summit of the Council of Europe

Exchange of views 

3. Exchange of views on efforts to support cities and regions in Ukraine 

Discussion on the efforts to support reconstruction as well as local/regional democracy, good governance and rule of law in the context of the war in Ukraine

  • ​Input by the CoR on: 
    • Alliance of cities and regions for the reconstruction of the Ukraine 
    • Exchange on the future of the Eastern Partnership, including in the context of the European Political Community 
    • Conclusions of the CORLEAP meeting in Liberec on 3/4 November and WG Ukraine 
  • Input by the Congress on: 
    • Congress political action (Declaration, President’s visit to Ukraine, session debates, report on women and children refugees) 
    • Cities4cities platform and coordination meetings with European associations 
    • Survey on the challenges of Ukrainian local and regional authorities in providing services in times of war 
    • Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine “Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction” (2023-2026) and Congress co-operation activities​
4. ​​​​Any other business and Closing remarks

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