European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

Comité européen sur la démocratie locale et régionale

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Jan 1988, within the framework of Council of Europe (CE), replacing Steering Committee for Regional and Municipal Matters (CDRM). 1st plenary meeting: 20-21 Apr 1988, Strasbourg (France). Original title: Steering Committee on Local and Regional Authorities -- Comité directeur des autorités locales et régionales. Previously also referred to in English as European Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy. Previously also referred to as Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) -- Comité directeur sur la démocratie locale et régionale. Current title adopted in 2006. Ceased to exist, 31 Dec 2013, when replaced by European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG).


Consider questions concerning citizens' participation, the institutional framework, the finance, the public services and the transfrontier and inter-territorial cooperation at local and regional level; ensure an intergovernmental exchange of experience, collect information and identify the best European practices; prepare Council of Europe standards; promote standards and best practices; evaluate the situation and monitor the implementation of various conventions in its field of activity.

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Prepares conventions and recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to Council of Europe member states. The following conventions have been prepared to date and are in force: European Charter of Local Self-government and its Additional protocol on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority (2009); European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Cooperation between Territorial Communities or Authorities and its three protocols; Convention on the Participation of Foreigners in Public Life at Local Level; European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Collects information and prepares reports on the structure and information of local and regional democracy in Council of Europe member states and studies, including guidelines to member states, on the various topics of interest for local and regional government.


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Members in 47 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Local
  • Metapolitics
    • Democracy

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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16. Aug 2011
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