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

Belgium: Council of Europe Congress welcomes the functioning of local self-government, but calls for progress on the issue of the appointment of burgomasters in Flanders

Monitoring 27 October 2022 Strasbourg, France

In a monitoring report on the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government adopted today, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities welcomes the functioning of the Belgian system, which generally respects the provisions of the Charter. However, the rapporteurs raise...

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Congress assesses the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Romania

7 October 2022 Strasbourg, France

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, composed of the rapporteurs on local and regional democracy, Marc Cools (Belgium, ILDG) and David Eray (Switzerland, EPP/CCE) carried out a monitoring visit in Bucharest, Giurgiu and Frătești from 12 to 13 October 2022 to assess the...

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Climate strategies must involve local and regional authorities

Current Affairs Committee 26 September 2022 Izmir, Türkiye

Congress Spokesperson on Environment and Climate Change, Cemal Baş (Türkiye, EPP/CCE), participated in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)’s meeting of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians for a healthy environment in Izmir, Türkiye on 23 September 2022. "It is clear...

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Portugal ratified the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

Post-Monitoring 22 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

“The Congress welcomes the ratification by Portugal of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority,” said Leendert Verbeek, President of the Congress, on 21 September 2022, following the transmission of...

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The Monitoring Committee adopted reports on the situation of local democracy in Belgium, Sweden and Denmark

Monitoring Committee 14 September 2022 Remote meeting

The Congress Monitoring Committee met remotely on 14 September 2022. The meeting was opened by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria SOC/V/DP), Chair of the Monitoring Committee. The Committee members adopted draft reports on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Belgium,...

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Chair Chair

Gudrun Mösler-Törnström
Austria, SOC/G/PD
Chair of the Monitoring Committee
Municipal Councillor of Puch bei Hallein

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Stéphanie Poirel
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Tel. + 33 3 90 21 51 84