Council of europe activities related to the regional and Local Policies


Created in 1949, theCouncil of Europawith headquarters in Estrasburgo, the board of Europa is an international organization that has as main objective the defence, protection and promotion of human rights (including civil and political rights), democracy and the rule of law.

The council of Europa account with the following bodies: Committee of ministers, Parliamentary assembly, Congress of the powers/Local and regional authorities and the General secretariat, which depend, among other DGs, the General direction of democracy, as well as it is the secretary of Congress of powers/Local and regional authorities.

Related Areas Territorial Policy on the board of Europa:

  • European Committee on democracy and governance (CDDG).
  • European Charter of Regional or minority languages.
  • Congress of powers/local and regional authorities (CPLR).

European Committee on democracy and governance (CDDG)

TheEuropean Committee on democracy and governance (CDDG)is the intergovernmental forum of the board of Europa in which representatives of member states gather to share and track the status of democratic governance in Europa, and to work together to strengthen democratic institutions, reforms of public administration, decentralization, the participation of citizens and public ethics, at all levels of government.

The European Committee for democracy and governance (CDDG) places a strong emphasis on local and regional democracy in your work. This is in line with its history, since the committee is based on the legacy of the old European Committee for Local and Regional democracy (CDLR) and the results of conferences of ministers specialized.

A representation of the General Secretariat of Territorial Coordination participates in meetings of the Bureau of this intergovernmental committee of the board of Europa in respect of modernization of democratic institutions, the reform of public administration, the participation of citizens and democratic governance at all levels, including here cross-border cooperation, as well as in working groups of experts on these subjects.

The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages was developed within the council of europe and signed on 5 November 1992. Subsequently, and as an international treaty was ratified by Spain, dated 9 April 2001, entered into force on 1 August 2001.

The Preamble to the letter is that the protection of these languages “ contributes to the maintenance and development of the traditions and cultural wealth of Europa ”, and that the right to use one of these languages “ in private and public life is an indefeasible right ”, in accordance with the International Covenant on civil and political rights of nations united, with the spirit of the Covenant of the board of Europa for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In the case of Spain, has special importance the statement on the occasion of the ratification of the letter, and included in the first paragraphs of the instrument of ratification, specifying the scope in which differ two different levels of protection:

1. The languages recognized as official in the statutes of Autonomy of the autonomous communities from the Basque country, Catalonia, Illes Balears, Galicia, Valencia and Majorcan'Apprentissage Community of Navarre.

2. Regional or minority languages that the statutes of autonomy protected and harbour in the territories where are traditionally speak:

Asturian or Bable and Galician, in Asturias.

Aragonés and Catalan, in March

Galician, in Catillano and Lion

As established in Article 15 of the letter, member states that are parties of the same must submit periodic reports on domestic politics followed for the fulfilment of the obligations. Reports to continue to the first must be submitted “ every three years ”, as it is still in our country.

The state administration has developed so far four reports on the monitoring of the letter.

- First report: year 2002

- Second report: on the period 2003-2005

- Third report: presented in July 2010 and on the period 2006-2008

- Fourth report: presented in July 2014 and on the period 2009-2012

- Fifth report: presented in October 2018 and on the period 2014-2016

The council of Europa issued a series of recommendations to the government of Spain under the protection of the languages in December 2019. On 1 August 2020 has introduced a new tracking report, partial character, reporting on the degree of fulfilment of these recommendations.

The congress of local and regional Powers (CPLR)

In 1994, the board of Europa establishedCongress of local and regional Powers europeas a consultative body replacing the former Permanent Conference of local and regional authorities of europe.

The Congress of powers/local and regional authorities is an institution of the board of Europa to strengthen local and regional democracy in its 47 member states and assess the implementation of the European Charter of Local autonomy. As the voice of municipalities and regions of europe, works to foster the query and political dialogue between national governments and local and regional authorities, through cooperation with the committee of ministers of the board of Europa.

Spain has 24 members: 12 represent Autonomous Communities and 12 to local entities. The designation of these members is in agreement with the resolution adopted by the General committee of the autonomous communities of the Senate 24 March 2004.