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.
Further to the decision of the President of the Congress and the Presidents of the two Chambers, the meetings of the three Congress Committees have been rescheduled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will be organised on 21 September 2020 in Strasbourg. The meetings of the three Committees...
The Congress adopted a report on the use of languages by local and regional authorities on 31 October 2019 in Strasbourg, France, during its 37th Session. “As the diversity of Europe’s towns and regions grows, local and regional authorities face more and more language issues, especially when it...
Ten years after the adoption of the “Council of Europe Reference Framework for Regional Democracy”, many regional elected representatives have voiced concern about the tendency towards recentralisation that we are seeing in some European states: in a debate held on Wednesday 30 October 2019 in...
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