The Independent Liberal an Democratic Group (ILDG) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe comprises 103 members. It is chaired by Marc Cools (Blegium). On 27 March 2017, Thomas Andersson (Sweden), Helen Carr (United Kingdom), Marianne Hollinger (Switzerland) and Gabriele Neff (Germany) were elected Vice-Presidents of the group.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is responsible for strengthening local and regional democracy in its 47 member states. It brings together 648 elected officials representing more than 200 000 local and regional authorities and divided among several political groups.