23 Sep 2022 14:45:00
President of the Congress, Leendert Verbeek: "So-called referendums organised in the occupied territories of Ukraine are a denial of the rule of law, human rights and democracy"Bureau Lelystad, Netherlands 23 September 2022
On the occasion its meeting on 23 September 2022, in Lelystad, the Netherlands, the Bureau of the...
22 Sep 2022 11:38:00
Portugal ratified the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authorityPost-Monitoring Strasbourg, France 22 September 2022
“The Congress welcomes the ratification by Portugal of the Additional Protocol to the European...
16 Sep 2022 16:21:00Strasbourg, France 16 September 2022
The Congress Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government (GIE)...
The European Charter of Local Self-Government lays down standards for protecting the rights of local authorities and requires states which have ratified it to comply with a number of principles. The Congress is responsible for evaluating the application of the Charter in each Member State.
Cooperation and thematic activities complement, in the field, the normative work of the Congress. They are based on the political dialogue and the monitoring of the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, and enable the implementation of the adopted recommendations and resolutions.
The Congress periodically observes local and regional elections in Council of Europe member States and, sometimes, beyond. This activity, which may be organised in cooperation with other international organisations, complements the political monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government
Post-monitoring and post-electoral dialogue aims to support national authorities in order to ensure the implementation of the recommendations adopted by the Congress and addressed to the national authorities of member states by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
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Download on Youtube a short video clip which presents the monitoring of the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self Government and the observation of local and regional elections.