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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Application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Turkey

Monitoring Committee 1 december 2021 Ankara, Turkey

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...

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Congress updated the report on the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Ukraine

Monitoring Committee 22 November 2021 Kyiv, 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...

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Council of Europe Congress concluded electoral mission to Denmark

Elections 18 November 2021 Copenhagen, Denmark

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...

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Congress observed local and regional elections in Denmark

Elections 15 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

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...

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Albania: substantial progress made, but responsibilities between central and local levels need to be clearly divided

41st Session 28 October 2021 Strasbourg, France

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...

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Gudrun Mösler-Törnström
Austria, SOC/G/PD
Chair of the Monitoring Committee
Municipal Councillor of Puch bei Hallein

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The number of seats in committees and their apportionment by country is agreed and updated by the Bureau of the Congress.

Composition of the Monitoring Committee

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CARTA-MONITOR
Database of the Monitoring reports

 CARTA-MONITOR

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Stéphanie Poirel
Committee Secretary
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