Foreword

The European Charter of Local Self-Government lays down standards for protecting the rights of local authorities and requires the 47 member states of the Council of Europe - which have all ratified it - to comply with a number of principles.The voice of municipalities and regions, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is a unique political assembly in Europe responsible for ensuring the proper application of this international convention.

This website provides access to the analysis, article by article, carried out during the Congress' monitoring missions in the 47 Member States. It also allows for comparative analysis on several articles and countries, as well as statistical research on ratifications of articles and compliance with their implementation.

Comparative analysis by articles and countries

The European Charter of Local Self-Government

Through its core principles to which no reservation is possible, the European Charter of Local Self-Government (ECLSG) seeks to ensure the compatibility of the diverse structures of local communities in the Council of Europe member states. However, the final aim remains the respect of all of the Charter’s provisions.

Monitoring of the Charter

Monitoring local and regional democracy is the most emblematic activity of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The voice of municipalities and regions, the Congress is a unique assembly in Europe responsible for ensuring the proper application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. 

Monitoring Committee

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 assessing the application of the Charter.

Contact

Stéphanie Poirel
Monitoring Committee Secretary
Email
Tel. + 33 3 90 21 51 84