The Chamber of Local Authorities is composed of representatives of local bodies who either hold a general local authority mandate resulting from direct elections or are politically accountable to a directly elected assembly.
(Charter, art. 2.1)
Chamber of Local Authorities
The Chamber of Regions is composed of representatives of regional bodies at a level between central government and local authorities and enjoying prerogatives either of self-organisation or of state-like powers.
(Charter, art. 2.1 & 2.4)
Chamber of Regions
The Statutory Forum comprises the Presidents of all national delegations and the members of the Bureau. It acts on behalf of the Congress between sessions.
Statutory Forum
The Bureau of the Congress is composed of the Bureaux of the two Chambers and of the President of the Congress. He ensures that work goes on at times when neither the Standing Committee nor the Congress is meeting.
The Congress has three committees: the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by member states of the European Charter of Local Self-Government - Monitoring Committee, the Governance Committee responsible for affairs falling within the scope of the Congress' statutory mandate and the Current Affairs Committee is responsible for studying the role of local and regional authorities with regard to the major challenges of our society.
The Group of independent experts on the European Charter of local self-government assists the Institutional Committee with its statutory tasks, while The contact group ''Congress/Committee of the Regions'' is mandated to improve high level contacts between the members of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the EU Committee of the Regions.
Working Groups