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 sends an ad hoc mission to the Republic of Slovenia in the context of the municipal elections of 18 November 2018

Elections 16 November 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out an ad hoc mission of limited scope to the Republic of Slovenia from 16 to 18 November 2018, at the invitation of the Slovenian Minister of Public Administration, Rudi MEDVED, in the context of...

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The first municipal elections in Tunisia, a starting point for further decentralisation

35th Session 12 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

In May this year, an Electoral Assessment Delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe was invited to observe the first municipal elections held in Tunisia after the Arab Spring of 2011. As a result, an Information Report was discussed in the frame of...

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Congress discussed the Report on local elections in the Netherlands

35th Session 9 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

For the second time after the vote observed in 2014, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe was invited to assess the elections held in 335 Dutch municipalities on 21 March 2018. The according Information Report was examined by the Congress’ Local Chamber in the...

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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