Many of the Council of Europe's member states nowadays rely on their regions for progress in terms of economic and social development, as well as deriving great benefit from their regional diversity.

Which forms of governance and regional self-government should they adopt? How can co-operation between Europe's regions be promoted? How can good governance contribute to sustainable economic development in the regions? How does regional democracy contribute to national democratic development? How can regions contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? These are just a few of the subjects on which the Chamber of Regions of the Congress works.

Chamber members represent authorities at a level between central and local government which have either self-governing or state-like powers. In order to qualify regions must effectively have the capacity to take full responsibility, in the interests of their communities, for a substantial share of matters of public concern, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. Member states which have regions with legislative powers, in particular, should send members of those regional authorities to the Chamber of Regions.


Harald Sonderegger (Austria, EPP/CCE) was elected, on 23 March 2021, President of the Chamber of Regions of the Congress, for a two-and-a-half-year term of office.

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