The Statutory Committees of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
The Congress priorities 2011-2012 were adopted during its reform process, in October 2010, and aim at strengthening its role as the main contributor to the Council of Europe's action in the field of democracy and human rights at local and regional level.
In parallel to the adoption of its priorities, the Congress modified its structure and working methods with the creation of three new committees: Monitoring Committee, Governance Committee and Current Affairs Committee. Their terms of reference were examined and approved by the Congress Bureau on 3 December 2010.
The Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by member states of the European Charter of Local Self-Government - Monitoring Committee - is responsible, in particular, for monitoring the application of the Charter as well as institutional developments in Europe’s regions, for preparing reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in Europe and for monitoring specific questions related to local and regional democracy in the member states.
The Governance Committee is responsible for affairs falling within the scope of the Congress' statutory mandate such as governance, public finance, cross-border and interregional co-operation and e-democracy as well as co-operation with intergovernmental bodies.
The Current Affairs Committee is responsible for studying the role of local and regional authorities with regard to the major challenges of our society and preparing work on thematic issues such as social cohesion, education, culture and sustainable development from the point of view of the Council of Europe's core values.