1073rd meeting – 9 and 14 December 2009

Appendix 4
(Item 2.3b)

European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

 

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES
The CDLR agreed however that (i) documents requiring a decision should be sent at least two weeks in advance and (ii) the report of the CDLR plenary meetings be adopted at the end of the meeting itself, whereas the reports of all sub-committees are prepared after the meeting (within three weeks) and sent out in draft form to members for approval by written procedure.

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Programme III.1.2 – “Local and regional democracy”; Projects :

    - 2008/DGDPA/1397 – “Sound institutional framework for local and regional democracy”;
    - 2009/DGDPA/1980 – “Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform”;
    - 2009/DGDPA/1969 – “Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level”.

Project relevance:

1. Third Summit Action Plan: Chapter 1.3 – “Strengthening democracy, good governance and the rule of law in member states”.

2. Contribution to core values: The Committee’s work contributes to reinforce the action capacities of local governments in member states and consequently, democracy, good governance and respect of the rule of law in member states.

3. Political justification/framework: Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government and Ministerial Declarations: Budapest (2005), Valencia (2007) and Utrecht (2009).

4. Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards: The CDLR develops and keeps up to date intergovernmental standards in the field of the local and regional democracy (conventions and recommendations), promotes them and evaluates their impact, in close collaboration with other bodies (Congress, PACE).

5. Relevance to Council of Europe country strategies and country-specific needs: Member states make use and conform to Council of Europe standards in the field of the local and regional democracy.

Project added value:

1. Council of Europe as leading agency, most important facilitator: The Council of Europe is the only international organisation in Europe where governments co-operate on local and regional democracy.

2. Project covering “new ground”: Local and regional democracy is not a new phenomenon but it is constantly evolving and presenting new challenges to respond to.

3. Possibility of partnerships with other international organisations:
Partnerships with the OECD on local and regional finance and with the EU in line with the Memorandum of Understanding.
4. Avoiding duplication: The replies to the questionnaire examined by the GT-REF.INST (to the pilot study on the relevance of steering committees: GT-REF.INST(2009)1 final) don’t mention any serious institutional overlap with the work of other organisations. The Council of Europe (CDLR) is the only international body having explicit expertise in the field of local and regional democracy and providing the member states with information and dissemination of good practice.

Financial information:

Two plenary meetings (all member states) and two bureau meetings (7 members) per year: estimated budget per year €112 000.

Terms of reference of the European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

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Name of Committee:

European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

 

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Type of Committee:

Steering Committee

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Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

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Terms of reference:

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Having regard to:

Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods;

the Warsaw Declaration and Action Plan adopted at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (16-17 May 2005), in particular its Chapter 1.3 – “Strengthening democracy, good governance and the rule of law in member states”;

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the Budapest Declaration adopted by the European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government on 25 February 2005 which established delivering good local and regional governance as an essential objective to be pursued by Council of Europe member states;

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the Utrecht Declaration and Agenda adopted by the Council of Europe Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government on 17 November 2009;

the intergovernmental acquis of the Council of Europe in the field of local and regional democracy and in particular the European Charter of Local Self-Government, the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation of Territorial Communities or Authorities and the Protocols thereto and the Convention on the Participation of Foreigners in Public Life at Local Level;

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Within the framework of the Programme of Activities, under Programme III.1.2 – “Local and regional democracy”, the Committee is instructed to:

pursue the implementation of the Budapest Declaration, Utrecht Declaration and Agenda in accordance with the Intergovernmental Programme of Activities established by the Committee of Ministers;

to give opinions, at the request of the Committee of Ministers, on questions concerning local and regional democracy;

maintain and develop dialogue with the Congress, Parliamentary Assembly and Conference of INGOs on issues of common concern in the field of local and regional democracy;

participate, through its designated representatives, in the Stakeholders’ Platform on the Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level;

participate, through its designated representative, in the Advisory Board of the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform;

participate, through its designated representatives, in the Joint Working Group (with the Congress) on the European Local Democracy Week;

prepare the sessions of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government and ensure the follow up thereto, having regard to the relevant decisions of the Committee of Ministers;

implement its communication strategy.

5.

Composition of the Committee:

5.A.

Members

 

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank in the administration(s) dealing with local and regional government, competent in such areas as local finance, institutional relationships between central state administration and intermediate tiers of government, citizen participation and transfrontier co-operation.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

5.B.

Participants

i.

The Parliamentary Assembly may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

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The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

5.C.

Other participants

i.

The European Union may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

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The states with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico and United States of America) may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

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The following intergovernmental organisations may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE);
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR-OSCE).

5.D.

Observers

 

The following non-governmental organisations may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- United Cities and Local Government (UCLG);
- Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR);
- Assembly of European Regions (AER);
- International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP).

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

The CDLR elects a seven member Bureau. It may, within the limits of budgetary appropriations, have recourse where appropriate to consultants.

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Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2012.



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