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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Meetings of the Congress Governance and Current Affairs Committees

Committee meetings 6 May 2021 Remote Meetings

Following the meeting of the Monitoring Committee on 28 April 2021, the Current Affairs and the Governance Committees of the Congress will meet remotely on 7 and 12 May 2021, respectively. The Current Affairs Committee considered a draft resolution on local authorities and the situation and...

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Congress asks for enhanced guarantees for autonomy of capital cities

Statutory Forum 12 February 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Congress has adopted a recommendation on the status of capital cities on 12 February 2021. The report promotes a better understanding of specific realities of capital cities and advocates for enhanced guarantees of their autonomy. “The special role played by capital cities may entail both...

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Home sharing platforms, Congress Committee calls for a long-term vision based on sustainable development

Governance Committee 10 February 2021 Strasbourg, France

Congress Governance Committee adopts report on “Home sharing Platforms: Challenges and Opportunities for Municipalities” at its meeting on 10 February 2021. Rapporteur Róbert-Csongor Grüman (Romania, EPP/CCE) highlighted the opportunities offered by home sharing platforms such as more accessible...

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Chair Chair

Jelena Drenjanin
Chair of the Governance Committee
Sweden, EPP/CCE
Member of the municipal Assembly of Huddinge

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Roman Chlapak
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+ 33 3 88 41 35 73