Monitoring of local and regional democracy in Belgium

Dates: from 16 to 18 December 2009

Location: Brussels

Description: The Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will carry out a monitoring mission to assess the state of local and regional democracy in Belgium. This will be the first general monitoring visit to this country since it ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 2004.

Congress Rapporteurs Michel Guégan (France, L, NR) and Dobrica Milovanovic (Serbia, R, NR) will meet Geert Bourgeois, Vice Minister-President and Interior Minister of Flanders; Charles Picqué, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region; Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Minister-President of the German-Speaking Community; as well as representatives of Minister-President of Wallonia Rudy Demotte and of Walloon Local AuthoritiesMinister Paul Furlan. They will also meet the Presidents and the Secretaries General of national associations of local and regional authorities representing the Brussels-Capital Region, Flanders and Wallonia.

Previously, the Congress adopted two recommendations on the situation of local and regional democracy in Belgium, in May 2003 and in December 2008.

A second monitoring visit is scheduled to take place in spring 2010, following which a report will be submitted to the Congress’ Institutional Committee in autumn 2010.