The Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by member States of the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Monitoring Committee) is responsible for monitoring the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and its additional Protocol on the right to participate in the affairs of local authorities by Council of Europe Member States that have ratified these legal instruments. It organises monitoring visits and drafts reports and recommendations on the state of local and regional democracy in the Member States concerned and also examines specific issues related to local and regional democracy. Through post-monitoring political dialogue, it ensures that its recommendations to Member States are followed up.

The Monitoring Committee undertakes in particular:

  • a general regular country-by-country monitoring mission to each Member State approximately every five years;
  • the examination of a particular aspect of the Charter, by decision of the Bureau or the Commission;
  • fact-finding missions to examine, by decision of the Bureau, specific cases of concern.

In its work, the Committee takes into account:

  • the conclusions and recommendations of the Congress concerning election observation missions;
  • the human rights situation at local and regional level in Europe and, in accordance with Resolution 296 (2010), prepares a regular report on this specific issue.

The Committee contributes to the post-monitoring dialogue and develops, as appropriate, targeted assistance programmes on issues of common interest identified during the monitoring visits, in order to provide concrete assistance to local and regional authorities and to ensure the effective follow-up of its recommendations.

Asset Publisher Asset Publisher

Congress Monitoring Committee on the European Charter of Local Self-Government

Monitoring Committee 17 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, chaired by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, met remotely on 17 September 2021. The Committee adopted the monitoring reports on the application of the European Charter on Local Self-Government in Albania,...

Read More


Congress concludes electoral observation mission in Morocco

Observation of elections 9 September 2021 Rabat, Morocco

Today, a 9-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concluded a mission in Morocco to observe the regional and municipal elections which were held on 8 September, concurrently with the elections for the House of Representatives. The on-site...

Read More


Congress observed regional and municipal elections in Morocco

Observation of elections 2 September 2021 Morocco

A Congress delegation carried out an electoral assessment mission from 7 to 9 September to the Kingdom of Morocco. The country was granted the status “Partner for Local Democracy” by the Congress in 2019. The Congress was invited by the authorities of Morocco to observe regional and municipal...

Read More


Congress monitors the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the United Kingdom

Monitoring Committee 21 to 23 June 2021 Remote meetings

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe monitored the application of the Charter in the United Kingdom, from 21 to 23 June 2021. The delegation consisted of the co-rapporteurs Vladimir Prebilič (Slovenia, SOC/G/PD) and Magnus Berntsson (Sweden,...

Read More


Local self-government in Azerbaijan: few improvements observed, limited powers and weak financial position of municipalities must be urgently addressed

40th Session 17 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

Despite some improvements in the work of municipalities, major concerns remain about a number of factors impairing the development of self-government in Azerbaijan, such as a lack of real powers of municipalities, of a status of state institutions and of own financial resources, says the...

Read More

Webcontent-Anzeige Webcontent-Anzeige
Webcontent-Anzeige Webcontent-Anzeige

Gudrun Mösler-Törnström
Austria, SOC/G/PD
Chair of the Monitoring Committee
Municipal Councillor of Puch bei Hallein

Webcontent-Anzeige Webcontent-Anzeige

The number of seats in committees and their apportionment by country is agreed and updated by the Bureau of the Congress.

Composition of the Monitoring Committee

Webcontent-Anzeige Webcontent-Anzeige

Database of the Monitoring reports



Webcontent-Anzeige Webcontent-Anzeige

Information on the obligations of Congress members, as well as practical details (travel, refunds, interpretation and translations) are available on the "Members' Area" page.

 Members' area

Webcontent-Anzeige Webcontent-Anzeige

You are a member of the Congress

To register for the Committee meetings, you will need to connect to your personal Congress Connect account and fill in the on line forms.
Your username is by default the E mail address that you provided to the Table Office when registering as a Congress member.
If you encounter difficulties, contact the Table Office of the Congress
Access to Congress Connect


You are not a member of the Congress

Access to the registration form "Other participants"

Webcontent-Anzeige Webcontent-Anzeige

Stéphanie Poirel
Committee Secretary
Tel. + 33 3 90 21 51 84