1073rd meeting – 9 and 14 December 2009

Appendix 6
(Item 2.3d)

Committee of Experts on local and regional government institutions and co-operation (LR-IC)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

Committee of Experts on local and regional government institutions and co-operation (LR-IC)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Programme III.1.2 – “Local and regional democracy”;
Project: 2008/DGDPA/1397 – “Sound institutional framework for local and regional democracy”.

Project relevance:

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

“pursue, in partnership with the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, intergovernmental co-operation on democracy and good governance at all levels”;

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.

Additional criteria:

1. 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).

2. Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards: The LR-IC Committee assists the CDLR to develop and keep up to date intergovernmental standards (conventions and recommendations), policy and tools as well as being instrumental in their promotion and the evaluation of their impact.

3. Relevance to Council of Europe country strategies and country-specific needs: The Committee contributes to the Council of Europe’s acquis in the field of local and regional democracy, which is indispensable for assistance programmes.

Project added value:

1. The 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. The institutional and co-operation questions dealt by the LR-IC committee are very topical in many member states.

2. Projects covering ‘new ground’: The LR-IC Committee works to exchange views, identify good practices, develop new standards, policies and tools on questions that are considered topical by member states as regards the legal framework, the institutional structure and transfrontier
co-operation of local and regional government.

3. Possibility of partnerships with other international organisations: Benelux Union and Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) on transfrontier co-operation; Assembly of European Regions (AER) on regional self-government; Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on institutional aspects and citizen participation.

4. Avoiding duplication: No duplication exists within or outside the Council of Europe. The intergovernmental work of the LR-IC is entirely complementary with the work of the Congress, which treats the questions of local and regional democracy from the local and regional authorities’ point of view.

Financial information:

The LR-IC (20 members) meets once, or if necessary, twice a year.

The estimated budget per year (two meetings) is about €50 400:
€34 000 (experts' costs) + €7 800 (interpretation costs) + €8 000 (translation costs) + €600 (production of documents costs).

Terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on local and regional government institutions and
co-operation (LR-IC)

1.

Name of Committee:

Committee of Experts on local and regional government institutions and co-operation (LR-IC)

2.

Type of Committee:

Committee of Experts

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers, on the proposal of the European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

4.

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”;

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

Under the authority of the European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) and in relation with the implementation of Project 2008/DGDPA/1397 – “Sound institutional framework for local and regional democracy” of the Programme of Activities, the Committee is instructed to:

assist the CDLR in the implementation of all activities relating to the legal framework, institutional structure and transfrontier co-operation of local and regional government and in the implementation of its communication strategy.

5.

Membership of the Committee:

5.A.

Members

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank and with particular work experience in the fields of competence of the Committee, having regard to its agenda.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for one representative for each of the following 20 member states: Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

5.B.

i.

ii.

Participants

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.

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.

i.

ii.

iii.

Other participants

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

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

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

- Benelux Union;
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- United Nations Specialised Agencies.

5.D.

Observers

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

- Assembly of European Regions (AER);
- Association of European Border Regions (AEBR);
- Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR);
- International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP).

6.

Working methods and structures:

The Committee may have recourse, where necessary, to the services of consultants within the limits of available budgetary appropriations.

7.

Duration:

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2010.



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