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 the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Denmark since the previous monitoring report adopted by the Congress in 2013.
The rapporteurs exchanged views on the latest developments in the field of local and regional self-government in Denmark with the Minister of the Interior and Housing, Christian Rabjerg Madsen, the President of the Supreme Court, Thomas Rørdam, members of Parliament, representatives of the Ministry of Finance and representatives of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
Meetings were also held with local authorities in Nyborg and Vejle, and with representatives of the region of Southern Denmark and from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, as well as with representatives of the national associations Local Government Denmark (LGDK) and Danish Regions, and with members of the Danish national delegation to the Congress.
Denmark ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 1988. Countries that have ratified the Charter are bound by its provisions. The Charter requires the implementation of a minimum set of rights that form the essential basis for local self-government in Europe. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe ensures that these principles are respected in the 46 Council of Europe member states.
Svitlana Pereverten, Co-Secretary to the Monitoring Committee
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
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