Good governance

The European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (1967-2013)


The European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) was set up in 1967 to make it possible for governments of member states to discuss issues of local and regional democracy and pave the way for greater European co-operation in this area.

Among its tasks, the CDLR had to prepare the sessions of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for local and regional government, approximately every two years, which had been hosted by one of the member States. The CDLR had to elaborate legal texts for adoption by the Committee of Ministers (Recommendations, Additional Protocols) and to promote their implementation. The CDLR also published reports and manuals for use by the member States and local authorities, and organised conferences and seminars to facilitate direct co-operation between its members.

Note: Information or documents relating to the work of the former CDLR sub-committees which worked in the following areas: democratic participation and public ethics, institutional structure and legal framework, local finances and public services, cross-border cooperation, can be provided by the Secretariat upon request.


Core information

CDLR Terms of Reference

Report of the 52nd meeting (14-15 November 2013)

Addendum I "The impact of changing economic fortunes on local budgets and proposals for policy responses"

Addendum II "Strengthening awareness-raising of the human rights dimension of local and regional governance"

Addendum III  "Initiatives to strengthen good governance, capacity building and citizen's democratic participation at local level"

Addendum IV "Activities to help to overcome obstacles to transfrontier cooperation"

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Conferences of Ministers

Kyiv 2011

Utrecht 2009

Valencia 2007

Budapest 2005

Helsinki 2002