The presence of women MEPs becomes official. The fifteenth plenary session of the Congress of local and regional powers of the Council of Europe, taking place in Strasbourg from today to 29th May, is composed of completely new members: at least 30% of every delegation of the 47 members of the CoE must be composed of women. "The Congress explains a written note is the first political meeting to have established such threshold as a prerequisite for membership". Established in 1994 as an advisory body of the Council of Europe, the Congress has 306 members, divided into two Houses; it is "the mouthpiece of the interests of the regions and municipalities of Europe". It was born after the fall of the Berlin Wall to help "the new member states enforce practical measures to make local and regional independence truly effective". It represents local bodies, provinces and regions of the old continent. The agenda is focussed on the social dimension of inclusion, dealing with the "inclusion of migrants through local housing policies", the social rehabilitation of children who live and work in the streets, the social approach to the fight against racism, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue "as an opportunity for local democracy".