The co - operation activities complement the statutory activities of the Congress, its Chambers and Committees. They provide a link between the recommendations and resolutions adopted at the plenary sessions and the situation on the ground, and are based on political dialogue and the monitoring of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self - Government.
Due to its expertise and experience in local and regional democracy, the Congress is in a position to provide local and regional authorities, and their associations, with the opportunity and means to acquire new skills and ‘know - how’, and to strengthen their institutional capacities.
Programmes and activities are implemented bilaterally in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plans for specific member States or within the Council of Europe Policy towards neighbouring regions, and those implemented multilaterally in the framework of specific partnerships such as the European Union's Eastern Partnership, and the Southern Neighbourhood.
Activities are organised within the Council of Europe Policy towards neighbouring regions. The adoption by the Congress, in 2014, of the status of Partner for Local Democracy offers a new opportunity to reinforce this cooperation. In addition, the Congress Bureau adopted in 2017 the South-Med Partnership programme which is designed as a framework for the co-operation projects implemented in the southern Mediterranean countries, in particular in Morocco and Tunisia.
In December 2014, the Council of Europe and the European Union signed the Partnership for Good Governance for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus, for the period covering 2015-2017.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, in close co-operation with the Directorate General for Democracy, is responsible for the implementation of the thematic component “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance”.
The Congress launched a co-operation programme for southern Mediterranean countries entitled South-Med Partnership to meet the objectives of the neighbourhood policy at local and regional level. The proposed partnership is designed as a special framework for co-operation with the countries of the southern Mediterranean, which would allow for (more) regular exchanges of best practices and experience with the countries concerned.