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.
A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, composed of the rapporteurs Matthias Gysin (Switzerland, ILDG) and Magnus Berntsson (Sweden, EPP/CCE) carried out a monitoring visit to Brussels, Eupen, Genk and Liège from 10 to 12 May 2022 to assess the...
Council of Europe Congress assesses the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Denmark
A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, composed of rapporteurs Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC/G/PD) and Carla Dejonghe (Belgium, ILDG) conducted a monitoring visit to Copenhagen, Vejle and Nyborg from 3 to 5 May 2022 to assess the implementation of...
United Kingdom local authorities limited by over-regulation and funding issues, says Council of Europe Congress
The capacity of the United Kingdom local authorities to perform their tasks effectively is limited by over-regulation, “rather heavy” supervision by higher-level authorities and issues related to funding, according to the 46-nation Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities....
The 46-nation Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has reported a “generally degrading situation” with regard to local democracy in Turkey. In its latest report on Turkey’s application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, the Congress welcomes the impressive...
In a monitoring report on the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government published today, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities calls on Luxembourg to clearly delimit the powers of the State and the communes and to press ahead with the communal reform. The country...
Reports by country
- Adopted texts by country on the Monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and the observation of local and regional elections
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