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Local and regional democracy in Sweden

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on the situation of local and regional democracy in Sweden, following a monitoring visit to the country by the co-rapporteurs Luzette Wagenaar-Kroon (Netherlands, EPP/CCE) and Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC) in September 2013.

The rapporteurs emphasised the high quality of Swedish local democracy, which comply, on the whole, with the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.
In particular, they welcomed the recent incorporation of the principle of proportionality in the Swedish Constitution, intended to ensure that restrictions on local self-government do not exceed what is necessary, and the granting of regional development competences to numerous county councils. 'The Swedish government has amended the country's Constitution and introduced the principle of proportionality. It is now important to incorporate the subsidiarity principle too.
This will provide a solid guarantee, in law, for local and regional democracy in Sweden', said Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, when presenting the report.


The adopted recommendations are transmitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which may decide to transmit them to the authorities of the country concerned, in order that they may take the texts into consideration. National authorities and the Congress may then decide to continue their political dialogue initiated during the monitoring process, to guide the implementation of these recommendations on the basis of a jointly-developed roadmap. This second stage is the post-monitoring phase, based primarily on the development of this political dialogue.

Press release
Recommendation 357 (2014)



The Swedish delegation to the Congress comprises 6 representatives and 6 substitutes. It is headed by Anders KNAPE (EPP/CCE).
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