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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Congress carried out a monitoring visit to Portugal

Monitoring committee 17 June 2019 Portugal

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a monitoring visit to Portugal, from 17 to 19 June 2019, to assess the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which was ratified by Portugal in 1990....

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Moldova: Congress identifies negative trend towards re-centralisation

36th Session 4 April 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe´s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities today expressed concern about the trend to re-centralisation and the unsatisfactory level of local democracy in the Republic of Moldova. In a Recommendation adopted during its 36th plenary session, the Congress points out a number...

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Poland: Congress local elections observations

36th Session 2 April 2019 Strasbourg, France

Meeting during their 36th Session in Strasbourg, Congress members examined, on 2 April 2019, an information report on the assessment of local government elections held in Poland on 21 October 2018. The report, presented by Jos WIENEN (Netherlands, EPP/CCE), states that considering the complexity...

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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