Congress adopted a draft
European Charter of Regional
Self-Government, which received
full support of the Council of
Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
However, this project was not
accepted by national governments
as a binding instrument.
2002: the Ministers responsible for Local and
Regional Government adopted the so-called “Helsinki
principles” of regional self-government.
the Congress adopted a draft
European Charter of Regional Democracy. This text was
not accepted in the form of a convention but conducted
to the elaboration of the Reference Framework.
2009: The European
ministers responsible for local and regional government
adopt the Regional Framework on Regional Democracy at
the Utrecht Conference