Resolution 156 (2003)1 on local democracy in Belgium
The Congress, acting upon a proposal from the Chamber of Local Authorities,
a. Article 2, paragraph 3 of Statutory Resolution (2000) 1 of the Committee of Ministers relating to the CLRAE, which entrusts it with the preparation of country-by-country reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in the member states and applicant countries;
b. its Resolutions 31 (1996), 58 (1997) and 106 (2000) establishing guiding principles for the preparation of the above-mentioned reports;
c. the fact that it has already drafted several reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in various Council of Europe member states;2
2. Takes note of the report and recommendation on the situation of local democracy in Belgium drafted by Ms Halvarsson (Sweden, L), rapporteur, Vice-Chair of the Institutional Committee of the Chamber of Local Authorities;
3. Decides to resume consideration of the situation of local democracy in Belgium at a later date, following the adoption of the new regional laws on local authorities, and to extend its consideration to regional democracy (with particular emphasis on regional taxes);
4. Decides to resume its study of the potential consequences of the process of federalism in Europe for local self-government.