The Governance Committee is responsible for legal and political issues relating to the effective development of good governance and democracy at local and regional levels. Its work focuses on promoting the implementation and development of the Council of Europe's legal instruments and recommendations in the field of local and regional democracy. It also considers questions related to governance and the functioning of local and regional authorities, such as citizen participation at local and regional level, public finance, cross-border and interregional co-operation, and e-democracy.

In the framework of its mandate, the Governance Committee prepares reports, including a resolution and/or recommendation for adoption by the Congress. In accordance with the priorities set by the Congress, it may also propose activities to the Bureau for advancing local and regional democracy, and organise conferences, hearings and other events on matters linked to its work programme. 

In the framework of its activities, the Committee works closely with the relevant Council of Europe structures and bodies, in particular with the Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development and the relevant subsidiary bodies of the Committee of Ministers, such as the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) and its subcommittees.

News News

Kristoffer Tamsons: Hate speech and fake news detrimental effect on working conditions of local and regional elected representatives

Governance 23 September 2022 Budapest, Hungary

“Hate speech and fake news are on rise in Europe, particularly on the internet and social media, and have a detrimental, paralising effect on working conditions and effectiveness of local and regional elected representatives and by extent on local and regional democracy as a whole”, stated...

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The Congress Governance Committee approved reports on hate speech and fake news, regional identities as well as smart cities and regions

Governance Committee 5 july 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Governance Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities chaired by 4th Vice-Chair Benoît Pilet (France, ILDG) and bringing together local and regional elected representatives, met on 4 July 2022 in Strasbourg, France and online. The Committee approved three draft reports which...

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Deliberative methods, combating hate speech, smart cities and regions and regional identities on the agenda of the Governance Committee

Governance Committee 19 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

Chaired by Jelena Drenjanin, the Congress Governance Committee met on 19 November 2021 in a hybrid format, at the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg and online via Kudo. The Committee members considered and adopted the report "Beyond elections: the use of deliberative methods in European...

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Chair Chair

Jelena Drenjanin
Chair of the Governance Committee
Sweden, EPP/CCE
Member of the municipal Assembly of Huddinge

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Composition of the Governance Committee (pdf)

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Roman Chlapak
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