The Governance Committee is responsible for legal and political issues relating to the effective development of good governance and democracy at local and regional levels. Its work focuses on promoting the implementation and development of the Council of Europe's legal instruments and recommendations in the field of local and regional democracy. It also considers questions related to governance and the functioning of local and regional authorities, such as citizen participation at local and regional level, public finance, cross-border and interregional co-operation, and e-democracy.

In the framework of its mandate, the Governance Committee prepares reports, including a resolution and/or recommendation for adoption by the Congress. In accordance with the priorities set by the Congress, it may also propose activities to the Bureau for advancing local and regional democracy, and organise conferences, hearings and other events on matters linked to its work programme. 

In the framework of its activities, the Committee works closely with the relevant Council of Europe structures and bodies, in particular with the Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development and the relevant subsidiary bodies of the Committee of Ministers, such as the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) and its subcommittees.

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The Governance Committee approves a report on the use of languages by local and regional authorities

Governance Committee 13 June 2019 Várpalota, Hungary

How can linguistic diversity be taken into account to ensure access to public services to all citizens? This is the issue the Congress Governance Committee discussed on 13 June 2019 during its meeting in Várpalota, Hungary. “Linguistic diversity is both an asset and a growing challenge for local...

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Fair distribution of taxes, an issue for the development of trans-frontier areas

Governance Committee 13 June 2019 Várpalota, Hungary

On 13 June 2019, Rapporteur Karl-Heinz Lambertz (Belgium, SOC) presented a report on the fair distribution of taxes in trans-frontier areas to the members of the Congress Governance Committee in Várpalota, Hungary. "Trans-frontier regions are at the heart of European integration and are factors...

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Várpalota conference: Smart, democratic and inclusive cities

Governance Committee 7 June 2019 Várpalota, Hungary

Faced with rapid urbanisation, climate change and increasing pressure on city services, including transport and healthcare, European cities must adapt by developing smart-city technologies. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities organised a conference on this topic, entitled "Smart...

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Romania, EPP/CCE
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