The Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by member States of the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Monitoring Committee) is responsible for monitoring the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and its additional Protocol on the right to participate in the affairs of local authorities by Council of Europe Member States that have ratified these legal instruments. It organises monitoring visits and drafts reports and recommendations on the state of local and regional democracy in the Member States concerned and also examines specific issues related to local and regional democracy. Through post-monitoring political dialogue, it ensures that its recommendations to Member States are followed up.

The Monitoring Committee undertakes in particular:

  • a general regular country-by-country monitoring mission to each Member State approximately every five years;
  • the examination of a particular aspect of the Charter, by decision of the Bureau or the Commission;
  • fact-finding missions to examine, by decision of the Bureau, specific cases of concern.

In its work, the Committee takes into account:

  • the conclusions and recommendations of the Congress concerning election observation missions;
  • the human rights situation at local and regional level in Europe and, in accordance with Resolution 296 (2010), prepares a regular report on this specific issue.

The Committee contributes to the post-monitoring dialogue and develops, as appropriate, targeted assistance programmes on issues of common interest identified during the monitoring visits, in order to provide concrete assistance to local and regional authorities and to ensure the effective follow-up of its recommendations.

News News

30 years of the European Charter of Local Self-Government: Citizens and local elected representatives must defend this fundamental treaty for democracy

ECLSG 18 September 2018 Lisbon, Portugal

On the occasion of a commemorative ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER addressed the Lisbon City Council on 18 September 2018, Portugal. He also held discussions with Minister of...

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Andreas KIEFER: "National parliaments have a key role to play in strengthening decentralisation in Europe"

17 September 2018 Lisbon, Portugal

Congress Secretary General Andreas KIEFER participated in an exchange of views on 17 September 2018 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, with the participation of Portugal's Minister of Internal Affairs Eduardo CABRITA. This exchange took place...

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Robert GRUMAN: "Cross-border and interregional cooperation leads to find effective and creative ways of cooperation"

12 September 2018 Minsk, Belarus

"More than a third of Europeans live in a border area and have to face all the challenges that this entails," Congress Vice-President Robert GRUMAN (Romania, EPP) pointed out, at the session on cross-border cooperation held during a Round Table on Local Self-Government, in Minsk, Belarus, on 12...

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Meeting Meeting

6 November 2018 - 17h15 to 19h00
Strasbourg, France - Room 1

Chair Chair
Leendert VERBEEK
Netherlands, SOC
Chair of the Monitoring Committee
King's Commissioner of the province of Flevoland
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Stéphanie Poirel
Monitoring Committee Secretary
Tel. + 33 3 90 21 51 84