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.
The Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, chaired by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, met remotely on 17 September 2021. The Committee adopted the monitoring reports on the application of the European Charter on Local Self-Government in Albania,...
Today, a 9-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concluded a mission in Morocco to observe the regional and municipal elections which were held on 8 September, concurrently with the elections for the House of Representatives. The on-site...
A Congress delegation carried out an electoral assessment mission from 7 to 9 September to the Kingdom of Morocco. The country was granted the status “Partner for Local Democracy” by the Congress in 2019. The Congress was invited by the authorities of Morocco to observe regional and municipal...
Congress monitors the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the United Kingdom
A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe monitored the application of the Charter in the United Kingdom, from 21 to 23 June 2021. The delegation consisted of the co-rapporteurs Vladimir Prebilič (Slovenia, SOC/G/PD) and Magnus Berntsson (Sweden,...
Local self-government in Azerbaijan: few improvements observed, limited powers and weak financial position of municipalities must be urgently addressed
Despite some improvements in the work of municipalities, major concerns remain about a number of factors impairing the development of self-government in Azerbaijan, such as a lack of real powers of municipalities, of a status of state institutions and of own financial resources, says the...
Reports by country
- Adopted texts by country on the Monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and observation of local and regional elections
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