Promoting local and regional democracy through regular dialogue with governments
As part of its monitoring of regional democracy in Europe, the Congress maintains a regular dialogue with member states of the Council of Europe. The Committee of Ministers, which includes the 47 Foreign Ministers of these states, the Conference of Ministers responsible for local and regional authorities, as well as its Steering Committees - like the one on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) - are partners in this regard.
Several times a year, the President and the Secretary General of the Congress provide the representatives of the member states in the Committee of Ministers with a record of its activities and hold an exchange of views.
The Congress also has direct contacts and exchanges with national governments, in particular, on the occasion of official visits in the member states, or during follow-up visits or observation of local and regional elections.
Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon welcomes regional democracy example set by Belgium
Secretary General Andreas Kiefer presents the Congress activity report for the period from mid-April to end of November 2014
'The Committee of Ministers chairmanships provide an opportunity to pursue the political dialogue we initiate with the member state governments in the course of monitoring the European Charter of local self-government', said Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, on 13 November 2014, as the chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers was handed over from Azerbaijan to Belgium. 'Belgium's federal make-up and tradition of decentralisation makes it an example for Europe. There might sometimes be difficulties, but the spirit of constant dialogue between the different levels of governance prevailing in your country is the same driving force that is central to the mission of the Congress'. Speech (French)
On 10 December 2014, the Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer presented an overview of the activities of the Congress in recent months, particularly the work of monitoring the local and regional democracy and the observation of local elections as well as the political dialogue with Member States and cooperation activities developed in recent years in close collaboration with its partners in the Council of Europe and outside. He recalled that a Congress delegation is currently in Ukraine in the framework of the post-monitoring dialogue to support the authorities to implement the decentralization reform in this country.“Now that all 47 member states have ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government and that an increasing number of them have accepted to apply additional articles of the Charter, one of the key priorities in 2015 and beyond will be to establish a common European space of local democracy,” the Secretary General stated. Speech Activity report CG(27)19
Exchanges of views with the Committee of Ministers