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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Border regions facing migration

35th Session 7 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

According to a recent report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, migration remains a critical issue for all levels of governance in Council of Europe member states. It was against this background that the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities held a debate on “Border...

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Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM : “Languages are an essential tool for democratic participation”

Governance 31 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

« The use of languages is an issue that comes up frequently in the work of the Congress, in particular, during our monitoring of the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government,” stated Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM, Congress President, at the opening of the Conference on “The use...

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Use of languages at local and regional levels: promoting a practical approach to meet with citizens expectations

Governance 31 May 2018 Covasna County, Romania

The Congress organised a Conference on the use of languages by local and regional authorities, in Covasna County, Romania, on 31 May 2018. This conference is the first step in the preparation of a report on this issue to be presented for adoption by Congress members in 2019. “We must have a...

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Romania, EPP/CCE
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