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.

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Yoomi Renström: "The Congress will continue dialogue with Turkey on the situation of mayors"

Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly 13 November 2020 Online

"The situation of mayors and local elected representatives in Turkey, who continue to be detained and suspended on charges of terrorism-related offences and replaced by State trustees, has long been a matter of serious concern to the Congress," Yoomi Renström (Sweden, SOC/V/DP), Congress...

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Stewart Dickson: Facing the challenges of maintaining free and fair elections in times of crisis

Monitoring Committee 13 November 2020 Strasbourg

"Free and fair local and regional elections in major crisis situations are a challenge that each country takes up in its own way, but for which it is important to exchange and share information" said Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG), Congress Thematic Spokesperson on the observation of...

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Congress concludes remote observation procedure regarding the local elections held in Ukraine

Election Observation 27 October 2020

Welcoming the fact that, for the first time, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were allowed to vote in local elections in Ukraine, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concluded its remote election observation procedure which was introduced as a temporary and...

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Portugal: Despite good application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, local authorities should have more autonomy with respect to taxation

Monitoring 28 September 2020 Remote meeting

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe issued, on 28 September 2020, a set of recommendations aimed at improving local and regional democracy in Portugal, notably giving local authorities more autonomy with respect to local taxes and setting up special aid...

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Congress recommends improvements of the legal framework for elections in the Republic of Moldova

Monitoring 28 September 2020 Remote meeting

In a Recommendation, adopted on 28 September, concerning the 20 October 2019 local elections in the Republic of Moldova, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has called on the Moldovan authorities to improve the legal framework and the practical management of...

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Leendert VERBEEK
Netherlands, SOC
Chair of the Monitoring Committee
King's Commissioner of the province of Flevoland
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Stéphanie Poirel
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