Monitoring local and regional democracy is the most emblematic activity of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The voice of municipalities and regions, the Congress is a unique assembly in Europe responsible for ensuring the proper application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. This international convention lays down standards for protecting the rights of local authorities and requires the 47 member states of the Council of Europe - which have all ratified it - to comply with a number of principles.

Additional Protocol Additional Protocol
An Additional Protocol on the right to participale at public life was adopted in 2009 to supplement the text of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. Its purpose is to bring within the scope of the Charter the right of any person to participate in the affairs of a local authority, a principle enshrined in the Preamble to the Charter.
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Opened for signature on 15 October 1985 and entered into force on 1 September 1988, the Charter is ratified by all 47 Council of Europe member states.

The Charter, how it works The Charter, how it works

Through its core principles to which no reservation is possible, the European Charter of Local Self-Government (ECLSG) seeks to ensure the compatibility of the diverse structures of local communities in the Council of Europe member states. However, the final aim remains the respect of all of the Charter’s provisions.

Monitoring Committee Monitoring Committee

The Monitoring Committee is responsible for assessing the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

CONTACT CONTACT

Stéphanie Poirel
Monitoring Committee Secretary
Email
Tel. + 33 3 90 21 51 84