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The Governor of Leningrad region Alexander Drozdenko elected head of the Russian delegation at the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe (KMPBCE), the correspondent of RIA Novosti.
The representatives of Russia in KMPBCE deputies of councils of deputies, heads of cities and regions of the country – chose Drozdenko direct vote. «I have the honour to lead the Russian delegation at the Congress. And I will do my best to convey to the European colleagues the position of our country on all matters,» said the Governor.
His candidacy was also nominated for the post of Deputy head of the chamber of regions of the Congress. Elections of the head of the chamber of regions of Congress and seven of his deputies is scheduled for Tuesday.
This week, 6-8 November, in Strasbourg, France will host the 35th plenary session KMPBCE. Drozdenko was included in the Russian delegation as a representative in the chamber of regions of the Congress for the period 2016-2020 by order of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on July 21, 2016.
The Leningrad region has 14 agreements on cooperation with administrative-territorial entities and public authorities of foreign States and 103 cooperation agreements with foreign partners at the municipal level. A year ago, on the 90th anniversary of the region, in Strasbourg played host to the Days of the Leningrad region, which included the extensive cultural program in October 2018 Leningrad oblast co-hosted the third Russian-German business forum in Rostock.
The Congress consists of members 324 and 324 deputies, representing more than 200 thousand local and regional authorities of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe. According to its status, the Congress is a consultative body of the Council of Europe and one of its three main divisions.
Priority directions of activity of the Congress is monitoring local and regional democracy in the countries participating in the work of the Council of Europe for compliance with the European Charter of local self-government of 1985, including the provision of human rights at the local level, and monitor municipal and regional elections.
In addition, careful attention is paid to territorial autonomy for national minorities, sustainable development, migration, culture and education, social cohesion in cities, financial support of local authorities and other issues relevant to the regions and municipalities in different countries.
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