The Governance Committee is responsible for legal and political issues relating to the effective development of good governance and democracy at local and regional levels. Its work focuses on promoting the implementation and development of the Council of Europe's legal instruments and recommendations in the field of local and regional democracy. It also considers questions related to governance and the functioning of local and regional authorities, such as citizen participation at local and regional level, public finance, cross-border and interregional co-operation, and e-democracy.

In the framework of its mandate, the Governance Committee prepares reports, including a resolution and/or recommendation for adoption by the Congress. In accordance with the priorities set by the Congress, it may also propose activities to the Bureau for advancing local and regional democracy, and organise conferences, hearings and other events on matters linked to its work programme. 

In the framework of its activities, the Committee works closely with the relevant Council of Europe structures and bodies, in particular with the Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development and the relevant subsidiary bodies of the Committee of Ministers, such as the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) and its subcommittees.


Congress’ Governance Committee debates development of circular economy at local and regional level

11 June 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Committee on Governance, Civic Engagement and the Environment (Governance Committee) of the Congress met for the first time under its new terms of reference on 11 June 2024 in Strasbourg. The Committee approved a report on fostering circular economy in Council of Europe municipalities and...

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Congress President pays tribute to Mr Cătălin Toma

Governance Committee 19 February 2024 Strasbourg, France

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing on 17 February 2024 of Congress member Mr Cătălin Toma, President of the Vrancea County Council of Romania”, said Congress President, Marc Cools, today. “ Mr Toma joined the Congress in March 2021, as a member of its Chamber of Regions. He was the Head...

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Congress Governance Committee elected its new leadership and debated on circular economy and freshwater resources

45th session 25 October 2023 Strasbourg, France

The Governance Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities chaired by Jelena Drenjanin (Sweden, EPP/CCE) and bringing together local and regional elected representatives, met on 24 October 2023 in Strasbourg, France, in the margin of the Congress 45th Session. The Committee...

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Jelena Drenjanin
Chair of the Governance Committee
Sweden, EPP/CCE
Member of the municipal Assembly of Huddinge

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