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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is an institution of the Council of Europe bringing together 648 elected officials representing more than 200 000 local and regional authorities. It is responsible for strengthening local and regional democracy in its 47 member states and assessing the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. This mission is carried out through regular country-by-country monitoring visits, local and regional election observation missions, as well as cooperation and thematic activities.

The Congress is in a position to welcome trainees in 2019 for 6 months internships. Please note that these internships are not remunerated. Two internship programmes are open throughout the year, with internships starting around February and September.

List of available internships:

MONITORING COMMITTEE

Our mission: To assess the situation of local and regional democracy in each of these countries in the light of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which has been ratified by the 47 member States.
Your job mission To organise and possibly participate in monitoring (and post-monitoring) visits in member States, and to assist in the drafting of country profile, various reports, legal and political analysis and key note speeches.

OBSERVATION OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL ELECTIONS

Our mission: The observation of local and regional elections – upon invitation by the competent authorities - complements the political monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self Government.
Your job mission: To organise and possibly participate in election observation missions in member States, and to draft country profile, various reports, legal and political analysis and key note speeches.

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Our mission: To promote the implementation and development of the Council of Europe's legal instruments and recommendations by preparing reports, resolutions and recommendations on legal and political issues relating to the effective development of good governance and democracy at local and regional levels.
Your job mission: To assist in the drafting of recommendations and resolutions, and terms of reference to be debated and adopted at Committee meetings
and Congress sessions. To prepare speaking notes, various reports and analyses.

CURRENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Our mission: To study the role of local and regional authorities with regard to the major challenges of modern society, working on thematic issues such as migration, radicalisation, diversity, gender equality, minority issues and youth participation.
Your job mission: To assist the Secretary of the Committee in preparing reports, speeches, press releases and background research for debates, and to participate in Congress sessions and Committee meetings as well as meetings of various Council of Europe bodies.

CO-OPERATION ACTIVITIES UNIT

Our mission: To organise activities in the field to complement the normative work of the Congress and its political dialogue, and support the implementation of Congress recommendations and resolutions.
Your job mission: To develop project proposals, concepts for activities, and possibly participate in events in the field. Draft relevant reports, communication documents, legal and political analysis and key note speeches.

INSTITUTIONAL COMMUNICATION UNIT

Our mission: The Institutional Communication Unit contributes to the visibility of the Congress members work and supports them by providing relevant information, publications and web tools.
Your job mission: To draft press releases, news and to prepare web contents and publications related to Congress events and conferences.

Contact

Stephanie.poirel@coe.int

For further information 

https://www.coe.int/en/web/congress/home
 

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02.07.2019
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