Fact-finding visits by the Congress
Fact-finding visits, carried out in the course of the Congress' monitoring duties, are organised when the situation in a particular country gives rise to concern or needs to be clarified in the light of one or more of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. During these visits Congress delegations meet local elected representatives, governmental authorities, members of parliament, representatives of national associations of local and regional authorities and academics.

Georgia - 27 to 28 February 2013

Objective: to examine, in particular, the allegations of pressure put on elected representatives and local authorities which could undermine local democracy and raise issues in the light of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.


Belgium, 13 to 14 May 2008

Objective: to clarify the situation following the failure by the Flemish Home Affairs Minister to appoint mayors in three municipalities with special linguistic arrangements in the


Latvia, 14 - 15 April 2008

Objective: to assess changes in the situation since the Congress' adoption in 2005 of the report on "Local democracy and on the participation of non-citizens in public and political life at local level in Latvia".


Turkey, 8 - 10 August 2007

Objective: to examine the complaints made about the suspension and dismissal of four mayors in south-eastern Anatolia.


Stéphanie Poirel,
Secretary of the Monitoring Committee

Sedef Cankocak,
Co-secretary of the Monitoring Committee

Gordana Tetchner, Assistant
Email / + 33 3 90 21 51 66

Martine Schandene, Assistant
Email / + 33 3 90 21 50 38

François Sifferlé, Assistant
Email / + 33 3 88 41 33 15