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CoE delegation in Cyprus for meetings with mayors

The proposed constitutional changes would be a "dangerous step backwards" for democracy, a panel of legal experts at the Council of Europe said

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe on Tuesday began a three-day monitoring visit to Cyprus.

The delegation will examine the situation of local democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified in the country in 1988. The rapporteurs, Berndt Vöhringer and Randi Mondorf will focus in particular on the developments in the field of local democracy since the last Congress monitoring visits in 2001 and 2005.

High level meetings are scheduled in Nicosia on Tuesday with the members of the National Delegation of Cyprus to the Congress, headed by Stavros Yerolatsites, Mayor of Nicosia and Vice-President of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities, Constantinos Yiorkadjis, and President of the Union of Cyprus Communities, Andreas Kitromilides.

The delegation will also meet Harris Georgiades, Minister of Finance, Constantinos Nicolaides, Permanent Secretary to the Minister of the Interior, and Myron Nicolatos, President of the Supreme Court.

Meetings are also scheduled in Kokkinotrimithia with Christakis Meleties, President of community council, in Ayios Dhometios with Costas Petrou, Mayor, and in Paphos, with Phedon Phedonos, Mayor.

The countries which have ratified the Charter are bound by its provisions. The Charter requires compliance with a minimum number of rights which form the European foundation for local self-government. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe makes sure that these principles are observed.



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