A training network
The Congress plays a part in improving local authorities' skills through the introduction of appropriate training courses, particularly through the network known as ENTO, the European Network of Training Organisations for Local and Regional Authorities, which offers assistance and specialised training to the countries of central and eastern Europe.
Local Democracy Agencies
The Congress initiated the setting up of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), which promote human rights and democracy, transfrontier co-operation, intercultural dialogue and local development in south-eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. They set up partnerships between local and regional authorities and NGOs throughout Europe, and co-operate with each other through the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA).
A new kind of Euroregion
The Congress supports transfrontier and local and regional co-operation in the Council of Europe's 47 member states, inter alia through the creation of a new kind of Euroregion involving authorities from European Union member and non-member states. These Euroregions enable political and economic links to be strengthened between national, regional and local authorities in EU member states, EU candidate countries and other European countries which are members of the Council of Europe. The Adriatic Euroregion was set up in 2006, and the Black Sea Euroregion in 2008, at the initiative of the Congress.