Chamber of Local Authorities
The Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concentrates mainly on studying the situation of local democracy and on observing local elections in the 46 Council of Europe member states.
The Chamber also deals with societal issues and encourages initiatives promoting cohesion in European towns and cities. Citizen participation, intercultural dialogue, e-democracy and respect for equality and diversity are examples of the areas in which it works.
It also endeavours to promote the principles of local democracy outside Europe, inter alia through Euro-Arab dialogue between cities and Euro-Mediterranean co-operation.
Twice a year, during the sessions of the Congress, the Chamber of Local Authorities meets to consider substantive and current issues relating to the local dimension in Europe. Its Bureau meets regularly, holding discussions and preparing draft recommendations and resolutions to be submitted for adoption during sessions.
Bernd Vöhringer (Germany, EPP/CCE) was elected, on 23 March 2021, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, for a two-and-a-half-year term of office.