The state of Congress 2013 (2014)
The state of the Congress 2013
The voice of cities and regions in Europe
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is a pan-European political assembly, the 636 members of which hold elective office – regional or municipal councillors, mayors or presidents of regional authorities – representing some 200,000 authorities in 47 European states. Its role is, in particular, to promote local and regional democracy and self-government, as well as human rights and the rule of law at local and regional levels.
The Congress of the Council of Europe pays special attention to the application of the principles laid down in the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It encourages the decentralisation and regionalisation processes, citizen and youth participation, social inclusion, respect of diversity and interculturalism, as well as transfrontier and inter-regional co-operation between cities and regions.