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.

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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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Fake news and hate speech against elected representatives: Congress responds with a project to devise effective responses

41st Session 27 October 2021 Strasbourg, France

Local and regional elected representatives throughout Europe have been faced with the rise of fake news and hate speech in recent years, particularly on the Internet and social networks. What responses and what tools should be developed to tackle this challenge? This is the backdrop for a...

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Collaborative accommodation economy - the Congress calls to give more power to local and regional authorities

41st Session 26 October 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Congress meeting in Strasbourg this week adopted the report on “Home sharing platforms: challenges and opportunities for municipalities” on 26 October 2021. The report deals with pressing issues in European cities: tourism, housing, and digitalisation. It includes an in-depth analysis of the...

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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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