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NEW EURO CHIEF CALLS FOR CLOSER LINKS BETWEEN LOCAL AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

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Giovanni Di Stasi has been elected president of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of...
Giovanni Di Stasi has been elected president of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe.

Mr Di Stasi, who has been president of the Chamber of the Regions for the past three years, takes over from out-going president Herwig van Staa of Austria. He will hold the position for two years.

Mr Di Stasi, 54, has been a member of the Italian parliament and president of the Molise region. He is a strong supporter of local and regional democracy and has a commitment to fostering cooperation, not just between regions but between political institutions and partners of civil society in Europe.

'The main issues in politics are not always handled as people want, because politics is too far removed from electors. Even so, the themes dealt with by the Council of Europe, and especially the congress, are very close to citizens' wishes. This is why we need closer links between local and central government,' said Mr Di Stasi.

The election took place during the plenary session of the congress yesterday.

Interviewwith Mr Di Stasi

Mr Di Stasi's speech

The UK is represented on the congress bureau by Alan LLoyd, a member of City and County of Swansea Council. Composition of the Bureau of the Congress. Mr Lloyd was re-elected to the post of UK delegation leader on Monday.

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