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Monitoring local and regional democracy is the most emblematic activity of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The voice of municipalities and regions, the Congress is a unique assembly in Europe responsible for ensuring the proper application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. This international convention lays down standards for protecting the rights of local authorities and requires the 46 member states of the Council of Europe - which have all ratified it - to comply with a number of principles.

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Congress assesses the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Belgium

Monitoring Committee 6 May 2022 Belgium

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...

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Council of Europe Congress assesses the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Denmark

Monitoring Committee 29 April 2022 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...

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities calls on Luxembourg to go ahead with the communal reform

42nd Session 23 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

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...

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Council of Europe Congress highlights “generally degrading situation” of local democracy in Turkey

42nd Session 24 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

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...

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United Kingdom local authorities limited by over-regulation and funding issues, says Council of Europe Congress

42nd session 24 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

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....

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CARTA-MONITOR
Database of the Monitoring reports by country

 CARTA-MONITOR

 Leaflet

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Through its core principles to which no reservation is possible, the European Charter of Local Self-Government (ECLSG) seeks to ensure the compatibility of the diverse structures of local communities in the Council of Europe member states. However, the final aim remains the respect of all of the Charter’s provisions.

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Opened for signature on 15 October 1985 and entered into force on 1 September 1988, the Charter is ratified by all 46 Council of Europe member states.

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An Additional Protocol on the right to participale at public life was adopted in 2009 to supplement the text of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. Its purpose is to bring within the scope of the Charter the right of any person to participate in the affairs of a local authority, a principle enshrined in the Preamble to the Charter.

 Additional Protocol on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

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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 assessing the application of the Charter.

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Stéphanie Poirel
Committee Secretary
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