24 Nov 2022 16:25:00
“There is no place for violence against women in democratic cities and regions”, says Council of Europe Congress Spokesperson on Gender EqualityStrasbourg, France 24 November 2022
On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held every...
14 Nov 2022 16:22:00
“It is our responsibility to build strong, resilient communities where hatred or intolerance cannot find root” says Thomas Andersson at the 4th European Policy Dialogue ForumCurrent Affairs Committee Barcelona, Spain 14 November 2022
“We are at a crossroad when it comes to the polarisation in our society, and cities and regions...
10 Nov 2022 09:24:00
World Forum for Democracy 2022: Tackling polarisation, a key challenge for local and regional democracyStrasbourg, France 10 November 2022
As its contribution to the 10th World Forum for Democracy, held in Strasbourg from 7 to 9...
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.
Download on Youtube a short video clip which presents the role of the Congress and its main activities to promote local and regional democracy in Europe.
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.