Mr Anatoly Rubinov took part in the 17th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

      On 13 — 15 October 2009 Mr Anatoly Rubinov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, took part in the work of the 17th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The Plenary Sitting of the Session was devoted to the issues of climate change aftermath and the role of regional authorities in solving this global problem; transfrontier cooperation in Europe and cooperation in the Baltic Sea region; preventing violence against children and domestic violence against women and other issues. The participants of the meeting adopted a declaration on the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe. During the discussion of the first issue Mr Anatoly Rubinov made a speech on “The global challenge of climate change: local responses”.
      Within the framework of the visit Mr Anatoly Rubinov had a meeting with Mr Ian Micallef, President of the Congress a.i. They discussed the issues related to organizing a round table sitting on local self-government to be held in Minsk (in particular they negotiated the agenda and the dates of the meeting). Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic invited Mr Ian Micallef to visit Minsk and take part in the event.