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.
A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is making a follow-up visit to Turkey on 1 December to update its 2019 report on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in that country. The delegation led by co-rapporteurs Vladimir...
Congress updated the report on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Ukraine
A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a monitoring visit in Ukraine on 23 November 2021 in order to update the report on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. The delegation led by Ms Gunn Marit Helgesen...
An eight-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concluded yesterday its electoral mission to Denmark following the observation of local and regional elections held in the country on 16 November. On Election Day, four Congress teams, deployed...
At the invitation of the authorities of Denmark, a delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by Ms Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE), Mr Vladimir Prebilic (Slovenia, SOC/G/PD), Mr Marc Cools (Belgium, ILDG) and Ms Jana Fischerova (Czech...
Albania: substantial progress made, but responsibilities between central and local levels need to be clearly divided
Albania has achieved substantial decentralisation progress, but more efforts, particularly in clarifying responsibilities between central and local authorities, need to be made, concludes a report approved by the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities today. The report and...
Reports by country
- Adopted texts by country on the Monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and observation of local and regional elections
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