First and foremost are the Council of Europeís standards.
The European Charter of Local Self-Government is the
continentís only legally binding and, without a doubt,
leading standard on the topic. States joining the Council of
Europe are obliged to become party to it.
The respect for the provisions of the Charter is
monitored by the Congress - see further information on the
The Committee of Ministers has also adopted a number of
important recommendation to member States on the topic.
See "Resources in Local and Regional Democracy".
Furthermore, a range of reports on the subject are
were adopted by the CDLR. See "Resources in Local and
Currently, work is going on to examine developments on
regional self-government, inter-municipal co-operation, and
relations between central and local authorities. Reports on
these topics are to be completed and made public late 2006,