The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is a pan-European political assembly which includes 636 members representing over 200,000 authorities in 47 European states.
Its role is to promote local and regional democracy, improve local and regional governance and strengthen authorities' self-government. It pays particular attention to application of the principles laid down in the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It encourages the devolution and regionalisation processes, as well as transfrontier co-operation between cities and regions.
Congress Key Dates
1957 : First Conference of Local Authorities
1985 : European Charter of Local Self-Government
1994 :The Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe becomes the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE)
2007 : Adoption of the Congress new Charter
2011: The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopts the new Congress Charter