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.
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...
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
“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...
The Monitoring Committee adopted reports on the situation of local democracy in Belgium, Sweden and Denmark
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,...
The Monitoring Committee adopted reports on the situation of local democracy in the Czech Republic and on the observation of elections in Albania, the Netherlands and Serbia
The Congress Monitoring Committee met on 30 June 2022, in Istanbul, Türkiye in the presence of Ekrem Imamoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul, and Hasan Akgün, Mayor of Büyükçekmece. Before the opening, an exchange of views took place between the mayors, the Chair of the Monitoring Committee, Gudrun...
The Congress Monitoring Committee meeting opened today in Istanbul, Türkiye, in the presence of Ekrem Imamoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul, and Hasan Akgün, Mayor of Büyükçekmece. Prior to the opening, an exchange of views between the mayors, the Chair of the Monitoring Committee, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström...
Reports by country
- Adopted texts by country on the Monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and the observation of local and regional elections
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