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.

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2019 Annual Meeting of the Congress Group of Independent Experts

The Congress Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government 19 and 20 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Congress Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government (GIE), a group of constitutional and administrative law specialists from Council of Europe member States, met on 19 and 20 September for its annual meeting in Strasbourg to discuss recent developments in...

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Meeting of the Monitoring Committee in Oslo, Norway

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

The members of the Congress Monitoring Committee met in Oslo, Norway, on 3 July 2019. They examined, for approval, the draft reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russian Federation. The two local election observation missions in Turkey (31 March...

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The Congress prepares a new report on local referendums

Monitoring Committee 3 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

National referendums focus a large part of public attention, yet it is at local level that most referendums are held in Council of Europe member states. Meeting on 3 July 2019 in Oslo, Norway, the Congress Monitoring Committee discussed this issue and decided to prepare a new report on...

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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