What the Congress Does?
On the ground, the Congress gauges the situation of local democracy
The Congress conducts regular monitoring visits to all member states to appraise their implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. After these visits the Congress sets out conclusions in its monitoring reports and adopts recommendations which the governments are required to follow, as well as resolutions with a view to improving the governance of local and regional authorities.
An observer of local and regional elections
The Congress periodically observes local and regional elections in the Council of Europe's 47 member states. Its observation duties extend to the whole election process and go hand in hand with its monitoring of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.
The results of the work of the Congress: conventions and charters
Since it was set up, the Congress has drawn up a number of international treaties, including the European Charter of Local Self-Government, which has become the international benchmark in this field, laying down common European standards to protect local authorities' rights.
Partner networks and associations
The Congress plays an active part in projects to strengthen local democracy and transfrontier co-operation in Europe and encourages the setting up of national associations of local and regional authorities, Local Democracy Agencies and the new kind of Euroregion.
National associations of local and regional authorities
The task of such associations is to defend, at national level, the interests of all local authorities and to foster the development of a partnership culture between local and central authorities. The Congress plays an active part in the setting up of this kind of association (as it has done, for instance, in Georgia and Azerbaijan). In addition, it supports the development of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS).