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.

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Council of Europe Congress monitors the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Latvia

Monitoring 19 February 2024 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe composed of rapporteurs Jorge Sequeira (Portugal, SOC/G/PD) and Gobnait Ni Mhuimneacain (Ireland, ILDG), carried out a monitoring visit to Latvia from 20 to 22 February 2024 to assess the application of the...

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Local and regional democracy in Andorra, Croatia, France, Italy and Montenegro

Monitoring Committee 15 February 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities chaired by Thibaut Guignard (France, EPP/CCE) met on 14 February 2024 in Strasbourg, France. The Committee members examined reports on the monitoring of the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in...

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Council of Europe Congress examines the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Iceland

Monitoring 19 January 2024 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, comprising Rapporteurs Matthias Gysin (Switzerland, ILDG) and Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC/G/PD), will made a monitoring visit to Iceland from 23 to 25 January 2024 to assess the application of the European Charter of...

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Council of Europe Congress examined the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Malta

Monitoring 3 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities composed of rapporteurs Matthias Gysin (Switzerland, ILDG) and Cecilia Feliczitasz Friderics (Hungary, ECR) carried out a monitoring visit to Malta from 7 to 9 November 2023 to assess the application of the European Charter of...

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Council of Europe Congress examined the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Italy

6 October 2023 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, comprising rapporteurs Andrew Leadbetter (United Kingdom, ECR) and Randi Mondorf (Denmark, ILDG), made a monitoring visit to Italy from 9 to 12 October 2023 to assess the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government...

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Thibaut GUIGNARD
France, EPP/CCE
Chair of the Monitoring Committee, Mayor (Ploeuc-l’Hermitage)

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Composition of the Monitoring Committee

CARTA-MONITOR
Database of the Monitoring reports by country

 CARTA-MONITOR

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