47 national delegations represent Europe's local and regional authorities in the Congress
National delegations to the Congress comprise representatives of local and regional authorities in the Council of Europe's 47 member states. Members have either been directly elected and hold a general mandate in a local or regional authority or are politically answerable to a directly elected assembly.

Representatives and Substitutes are appointed for a two-year term in accordance with each individual member state's own procedure. Within national delegations, members are divided between the Congress' two chambers, the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Chamber of Regions.


Every delegation has to comply with the rules on fair representation

Balanced geographical distribution of delegation members across the member state's territory;
Fair representation of the different categories of local and regional authority which exist in the member state;
Fair representation of the different political tendencies represented on local and regional authority organs;
Fair representation of women and men. Since 2008, every delegation has had to include representatives of both sexes, with at least 30% from the under-represented sex.

Delegation secretaries, special intermediaries for the Congress

Each national delegation chooses its own secretary. Like the chairperson of the delegation, the secretary is a special intermediary for the Congress Secretariat. He or she plays a key role in information exchange, especially when national delegations come up for renewal every two years, and following local or regional elections.

Delegation secretaries also assist and advise members and act as facilitators for members participating in the work of the Congress during sessions, in committees, at conferences, in working groups, during election observation missions, etc.
 

Composition of the national delegations

Congress national delegations are composed by local and regional elected representatives from the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe.
List of national delegations
Delegation Secretaries

The Delegation Secretaries support the members of the Congress and advise them.
List of Delegation Secretaries 
Delegation Secretaries guide

This guide presents the general role of the Delegations Secretaries. It also includes the procedures of the Congress sessions.
Download the guide (pdf)
Secretariat

Delphine Weisshaupt, Délégations nationales du CongrèsTable Office,
National Delegations

Delphine Weisshaupt
Email / Tél. + 33 3 88 41 31 94