The Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concentrates mainly on studying the situation of local democracy and on observing local elections in the 47 Council of Europe member states.

The Chamber also deals with societal issues and encourages initiatives promoting cohesion in European towns and cities. Citizen participation, intercultural dialogue, e-democracy and respect for equality and diversity are examples of the areas in which it works.
It also endeavours to promote the principles of local democracy outside Europe, inter alia through Euro-Arab dialogue between cities and Euro-Mediterranean co-operation.

Twice a year, during the sessions of the Congress, the Chamber of Local Authorities meets to consider substantive and current issues relating to the local dimension in Europe. Its Bureau meets regularly, holding discussions and preparing draft recommendations and resolutions to be submitted for adoption during sessions.

Presidency Presidency

Ian Micallef, President of the Congress Chamber of Local Authorities of the Council of l'EuropeAnders Knape (Sweden, EPP/CCE) was elected, on 14 October 2014,  President of the Chamber of Local Authorities for a two-year term of office.

Composition Composition

The Congress Chamber of Local Authorities is composed of 324 elected representatives from territorial collectivities from the 47 Member States of the Coucil of Europe.

Contact Contact

Renate Zikmund,
Acting Executive Secretary
Email - +33 (0)3 90 21 44 03