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.

Areas of Activity

Democratic Participation and Public Ethics

Institutional Structure and Legal Framework

Local Finance and Public Services

Transfrontier Co-operation


Core information

CDLR Terms of Reference

Organisation Chart: CDLR within the CoE (in German)

AWIP (Achievements and Work in Progress)

Search for CDLR documents


Conferences of Ministers

Kyiv 2011

Utrecht 2009

Valencia 2007

Budapest 2005

Helsinki 2002



Former Subcommittees of the CDLR