The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is an institution of the Council of Europe, responsible for strengthening local and regional democracy in its 47 member states. It brings together 648 elected officials representing more than 150 000 local and regional authorities and divided among several political groups.

The Group of Socialists, Greens and Progressive Democrats (SOC/G/PD) comprises 193 members. It is chaired by Karl-Heinz Lambertz (Belgium).